Charles gave me my "D." On the day he did I also sat in the hallway. When he came in, he said, "I actually really liked your paper, T.S.. I give everyone a 'D' on their first paper because I find that weeds out the people who are tourists looking for an easy grade and not serious about what I teach. He was right. The next time i went to class it was down by half.
Another thing he told me was this, “T.S,, there is nothing wrong with revisiting memories, good and bad. As a writer that becomes your material, but don’t obsess about hanging on to memories forever. A good exercise to do might be to stop worrying so much about keeping memory but to concentrate on making new memories.” I am trying to do that now. I’m trying to make good memories for my family, my friends, and my neighbors.
And so it goes.