L is another of the many Facebook friends that I made during my time at law school. Like most of those Facebook friends, I barely knew L. My lack of knowing, my assumptions of people based on their attendance at a private, expensive, Catholic law school, and my general buffoonery led me down the familiar, unfortunate path of making unnecessary generalizations about a lot of my classmates, including L. After spending time with her today, I feel like an idiot, and I deserve it. Not surprisingly, L, like everybody, has had her struggles. Her life hasn't been perfect, nor has it been terrible, but she has put in the effort. She's overcome some things, dealt with things, accepted things, and she's kept moving forward, especially during her "time of hustle."
So I apologize, both to L, and to everybody else that has been an unwilling, undeserving victim of my foolishness. I hope that this won't happen again, but if it does, I'll apologize again. And eventually, my hope is that I'll get things figured out, for my sake, and the sake of others.
T is a highly intelligent woman. She and I attended law school together, but it wasn't her grasp on law that impressed me, but rather her understanding of hard sciences. We took Patent Law together during our second year. Many of the cases in our textbook dealt with DNA and other science-y things. I'm not completely clueless, but I majored in the social sciences in undergrad, so I was clearly out of my element. Any time a case would contain a word that even sounded a bit scientific, we'd all turn to T and wait for her to explain it. She never let us down.
T is also somebody that, for better or worse, makes me feel less adult-y. Whereas I have one measly advanced degree, she has two. I've got a condo, but she's got a house, a yard (both front and back), a driveway, a bar in the basement, and a master bedroom that she and her husband, M, are in the process of painting. Heck, she's even got a job. It was great, though, to see how everything is working out for her, how it's falling into place so well. And it was funny being reminded that, even if I am getting rather old, whether I like it or not, I'm still not quite a grown-up.