Hello again, everyone!
Sorry it's been so long since I last posted; some things happened in my life that caused me to be EXTREMELY busy. In fact, that's exactly what this post is about.
I am so, so, so glad that I went home for the weekend, which is what I last wrote about. It was so much more meaningful than I ever could have imagined. I got to see all my family together, and we shared some big family news. We all visited and had a really good time.
The following Tuesday, my mom went back to my grandparents' house to visit Grandpa while Grandma went to town to run some errands. She and grandpa had a great visit and tried to catch the animal that was terrorizing Grandma's flowerbed. Grandpa had been going through his stack of magazines lately. He gave Mom the September 2011 issue of Smithsonian Magazine and told her to pass it along to me.
That was the Taj Mahal issue. You see, I'm going to India in a few weeks. My grandpa had known about this since a few days after I found out in January, but I had never really gotten the chance to talk to him about it. He saw that magazine and thought of me. I think he must've been really excited about me going to India.
Unfortunately, I saw my whole family again much sooner than any of us had intended. Grandpa didn't wake up on Thursday morning.
It was a bittersweet day. On one hand, we were all sad to see such a great man go, and we knew how much we'd miss him. On the other hand, Grandpa had been unwell for years. We were glad to see him out of his pain and were relieved to know that he went peacefully and that he is in a better place now.
I almost cried when Mom gave me that magazine. It was like Grandpa's seal of approval, even though I never talked to him about India. It was such a sweet thing for him to do. Actions speak louder than words.
It's situations like these that make me glad that I chose a school with such great and understanding faculty. In order to go to Grandpa's funeral, I had to miss two days of classes, including two major exams. I also had a paper that was due and knew that there was absolutely no way I would be able to get it done on time because of the time I would be spending at home.
Professors here are REALLY nice people, and they're very understanding. I have yet to meet a professor who is unwilling to work with me when things like this happen (this is the second time something like this has happened to me since I arrived in August). I got to make-up both exams and got a week-long extension on my paper. Of course, missing class meant that I had to work really hard and really long hours for awhile to catch up (it's the busy season for college students to begin with), but I was able to give up a few things and I'm caught up now. It's just one more reason I'm glad I chose IU.