In my grad school cohort we have a rather ridiculous habit of re-introducing ourselves to each other (for points mind you) in each new class or with each new professor. Our online discussion board is filled with rehashed life stories. Everyone responds to exactly X number of our peers, just as the syllabus requires. It's getting tedious. But we go through the motions anyway, because points! Well, this go-around I decided to make a joke to "Eugenia #2" about how "Eugenia #1" won't give me a baklava recipe, so might "Eugenia #2" share one? (Yes, there are two Eugenias in a cohort of 9 people, go figure).
Today, I showed up to work and Eugenia #1 had put 2 pieces of gorgeous baklava in a bakery box on my desk. She had texted me the night before with some questions about the assignment due at midnight and she couldn't have known that I was answering them while sitting at a table with my siblings and cousins picking out photos for funeral services. She just thanked me for the help and said she had something to give me the next day.
I stopped dead in my tracks when I saw that dessert on my desk. After a moment of sheer confusion, laughter bubbled up as it all came back to me. I was de-light-ed that Eugenia #1 had noticed my baklava appeal to Eugenia #2 on that godforsaken discussion board.
I needed that laugh today.
I needed baklava today.
I got both.
I work with lovely people. Thanks to Jenny (Eugenia #1), Rachel, Dana, Tanya and the music department for your help today.
Reese: Elementary Music Teacher in Chicagoland. Clarinetist and Trumpeter.
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