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“I Don’t Feel Any Older”

Posted in Anime, Art, Belleville, Family, Friends, Home, School, Show-and-Tell, Stuff with tags , , on December 23, 2009 by Jeremy

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I really don’t feel any older.

Yea, it’s my eighteenth birthday.  It’s supposed to feel awesome or something because I can now apparently do so much more in my life.  Buy this.  Go here.  Sign up for that.

Well, it doesn’t really feel that way.  I didn’t think today was anything special except for the dozens of people in school who randomly greeted me.  That was kinda nice.  And I have to admit that I felt pretty happy when some of my friends started singing during lunch, and other people in the cafeteria just joined in.

It’s funny how I felt happiness from strangers.

The underclassmen are so cute, by the way.  They’re not loaded, so they just made me some cute things for my birthday.  Yea, this would’ve been a nice “Show-and-Tell” post, but, given that it’s my birthday, it’s better that I speak from the heart.  Not stage anything.

Here’s what’s on the picture:

  • Kim made me this huge card, and I used the back of it as the flowery backdrop.
  • Elisa gave me this small bag with a few things.  The open card, the box with ribbons, and the Ferrero Rocher are from her.
  • Sarah got me the little character in the center.  It’s a card too.
  • Pooja got me the box of Reese’s Pieces that’s under the Ferrero Rocher.

Ah, you underclassmen.  Thanks!

Afterwards, my family went out to eat dinner with me.  College came up, and…the day didn’t end well, to say the least.

The Spirit Sets Us Free

Posted in Church, Out of Town, School with tags , , , , , on September 20, 2009 by Jeremy
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Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, otherwise known as CCD or Sunday school.  I’m a senior in high school, and I started attending CCD today.  In my church, it usually ends freshman year, during which students receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.  “Why so late, doofus?” you may ask.

I had the opportunity to receive it my freshman year, but I stupidly refused.  I hadn’t gone to CCD since we moved to our town about two and a half years prior to that invitation, so I wasn’t informed on the ritual.  In my head, I didn’t think it was that big of a deal.  I didn’t know that it was a sacrament and that it was pretty much on the same level as baptism.  Basically, I did not want to waste my time or effort into doing something like it.

Its importance didn’t hit me until I saw the actual ceremony a few months later.  A few of my friends were receiving the sacrament while I sat in the back, beating myself up for being such an idiot and telling myself, “I should be there right now.”

Fast forward a few years.  I found myself sitting in a room, surrounded by freshmen.  It wasn’t until this year that my parents finally enrolled me in CCD so I could finally receive my Confirmation.  I was hoping that no one would ask me about my age.  Of course, someone did.  He looked petrified after finding out, as if I was going to rape him.  I explained to him the situation, and everything was fine again.

This views Confirmation from the “It’s required” stance.  Of course, as a sacrament, it should be viewed from the spiritual perspective, meaning that a person should receive it when he or she’s ready, not because it’s time.   Then again, I guess that’s what CCD is for—to prepare you for that.

Fate really hates me.  This extra work would’ve been fine to a freshman, but to a senior like me, this might be the difference between waking up early Monday morning…and not waking up early.  Go figure.

By the way, Bonus Pictures page has been updated.

65 Years Later

Posted in Belleville, School with tags , on June 6, 2009 by Jeremy

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The 40s must have been an interesting decade, with World War II and all.