Friday, January 14, 2011

Day 86 - Alteration Shop

Thought of the day: Today I had some clothes fixed by an alteration shop in the University Hill.  The seamstress was a very nice, older Turkish woman.  When I was there, a young man, who looked like a student, dropped in and inquired about fixing his jacket that was a little too loose for him.  After the seamstress  informed him that it couldn't be fixed in the same day, he left without leaving his jacket as it was the only one he had and in this weather, he couldn't do without one for more than a day.  Poor guy!  Walking down the streets of University Hill was like walking into my own past, it definitely brought back memories.  In many ways, this area was similar to the university neighborhood in Tucson, with dingy restaurants, shabby store fronts, and sidewalks crowded with busy and energetic students who live on a shoe string budget.  College, and graduate school in my case, is an interesting stage of one's life: you're young, you're learning, you are motivated, your future is full of possibilities and full of hope.  You may be poor in your pocketbook but not poor in your spirit.  In fact, you have the right to be poor as a student - it feels natural and can even be invigorating.  A poor student is a much more enviable person than someone who is at the opposite end with a rich pocketbook but a poor spirit.

Photo of the day:

Lila walking down the steep steps of the alteration shop.

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