Everything I Needed

For every year of my education, from Pre-K through senior year of college, my Mom insisted on taking a photo of me on my first day of school — sometimes to the point of obsession.

Walking me into class, taking pictures in the hallway, of me with the teacher, doing various accents, frequently making weird, obscure culture and pop culture jokes and puns, that pretty much no one else ever ‘got’ — which she delighted in.

This year, she couldn’t be here with me in Glasgow to demand one in person (she has her own students to torture), or to insist on meeting my professors, but for anyone who knows my Mother, you know that she never takes “no” for an answer, and that the prospect of disappointing her is one of the most heartbreaking — and terrifying — things in the world.

So I took some for her this year on my first day of graduate school before she could ask (albeit mirror selfie format, but under the circumstances I think she can forgive me).

She gave and gives me everything I need — as does Dad — to approach anything I need to with a balanced perspective — complete with a sense of humor which makes life a lot easier to handle. I always knew how much those pictures meant to her, but today it takes on a special meaning being so far away from her, from my Dad, and from the entirety of my supportive and loving east coast community.

I love you Mom, you are my best friend in the whole world, and if I grow to be half the woman, person, educator, and academic you are, I will have succeeded. Thank you for giving me everything that I need.

We did it.

 

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Caroline C. Evans Abbott

I am a Master of Research (M.Res) candidate in English Literature at the University of Glasgow (expected 2017), an incoming MFA Creative Writing candidate at Sarah Lawrence College (expected 2019), and a recent Honors Program graduate of the B.A. Studio Art program at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Connecticut (2015). From 2015 - 2016, I served as an English, Writing, and Creative Enrichment Tutor at the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, a Native American Reservation in Brooks, California and from 2014 - 2015 as a Writing Associate (Tutor) in the Albertus Magnus College Writing Centre. I am a Contributor and Photographer to The Glasgow Guardian and represent M.Res English Literature students on the Student Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC) and Students' Representative Council (SRC). This year, I look forward to writing, photographing my perspective on our world, exploring Europe, and pursuing further academic and professional opportunity.

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