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"I'm staying late at the library after class," the note read every Thursday night for three semesters. I could not very well write "I'm going to have dinner with my Spanish professor/best friend/surrogate mother/big sister" - even though that was the truth, it would have incited more drama than I could deal with. I needed that escape from my studies. I needed that escape from my conflict-filled home life. She wanted me to stay out of trouble (I had had issues with alcohol prior to meeting her). Telling the truth would have taken all that away from me.

One Thursday night, we lost track of time. It was easy to - we would talk about absolutely anything, share a few laughs, and I felt like I mattered to someone. While we were eating - I had my salad and a Coke, she had a hamburger and camomile tea (normally, our food choices would have been the opposite), I noticed her looking at her watch.

"Jennifer, what time does your mother normally come home?" she asked me.

"Nine-thirty," I replied. "Why? What time is it now?"

"Nine-ten," she said.

I started to panic - we were on the other side of the city from where I lived, and there was no way that my mother could believe that I would be studying all this time. Instead of taking me to the nearby train station (it would take me an hour to get home on the train, plus the bus from the train station), she offered to drive me home. I felt bad about her doing that, but I agreed.

The car ride home felt like an eternity (even though it was only about half an hour). I started crying and shaking. She tried to reassure me that things would be alright. My heart sank as we pulled up to the house and I saw my mother's Cavalier parked out front. I was surprised when my professor shut the motor off and offered to walk me up the steps to my house. I was even more surprised when she rang the doorbell.

My mother answered the door. I introduced the two of them, and I was shocked when I heard these words come out of my professor's mouth:

"I'm sorry she's late - we were discussing her paper, and we lost track of time."

I could not, and still cannot, believe that my PROFESSOR lied to my MOTHER (even though I know I was guilty of doing the same thing!)

Author's note: Where I live, most "traditional" university students live at home while completing their studies.

Edit #1: I changed "college" to "university", as I was in university when this happened.

Date: 2009-11-19 09:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alephz.livejournal.com
Ha-HA! Good on the prof!

Date: 2009-11-22 11:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
That was something - I still cannot believe she did that!!!

Date: 2009-11-19 09:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sra33.livejournal.com
That's nuts! And it's good your prof helped you stay out of trouble. :) Remember to email [livejournal.com profile] clauderainsrm and let him know which tribe you want to be on this week. :)

Date: 2009-11-22 11:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
It was very good of her :)

Thanks - already done :)

Date: 2009-11-20 05:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zia-narratora.livejournal.com
It is awesome that you had a professor who was willing to step in and take that role for you.

Date: 2009-11-22 11:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
It was awesome :)

Date: 2009-11-20 06:18 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shadowwolf13
Cool professor!

Date: 2009-11-22 11:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
She was really cool :)

I hope you don't mind, but I added you to my friends list here.

Date: 2009-11-23 06:07 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shadowwolf13
I don't mind at all. :)

Date: 2009-11-20 10:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] in48frames.livejournal.com
That's really wonderful, and it's good you had someone like that in your life when other things weren't going so well.

Date: 2009-11-22 11:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
It was really great. Thank you for reading!

Date: 2009-11-21 01:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oneonthefence.livejournal.com
Wow. I'm glad you had someone like that in your life to fill that very important role. What an interesting story.

Date: 2009-11-22 11:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
Thank you :) She was a really great person.

Date: 2009-11-21 04:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mstrobel.livejournal.com
What an awesome lady :D

Date: 2009-11-22 11:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
She was really awesome :)

Date: 2009-11-22 05:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jenandbronze.livejournal.com
What do you mean by traditional student? Does traditional mean older student, not ones right out of high school?

I went to college and still lived at home attending college age 24 to 27. Living on disability ... so have to stay home...

I had an awesome instructor (that is what they are called in college programs; professors are for univeristy-level programs.

Date: 2009-11-22 11:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
Traditional students are the ones right out of high school. I think now though, living at home while going to college or university is common regardless of age. Tuition and living costs are so expensive, and student loans/grants/jobs/anything just is not enough to pay for everything.

I went back and fixed the author's note - I was in university when this took place. I use "college" and "university" as the same thing, even though I know they are not. I apologize for any confusion!

Date: 2009-11-23 12:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hug-machine.livejournal.com
How cool of your professor! People like that are worth more than gold. :D

Date: 2009-11-23 02:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
Thank you :) I agree with you :D

Date: 2009-11-23 04:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] libra-dragon.livejournal.com
What a wonderful professor you had.

Nice job with this entry

Date: 2009-11-25 12:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
She was great :)

Thank you!

Date: 2009-11-23 04:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] onda-bianca.livejournal.com
Wow, that's awesome of your professor.

Date: 2009-11-25 12:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
It was great of her :)

Date: 2009-11-24 04:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/____hejira/
Huray for your prof.

Date: 2009-11-25 12:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
Yes!!!!!!

Date: 2009-11-24 11:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] majesticarky.livejournal.com
Wow what a kind professor. A friend of mine had a similar relationship with a high school history teacher. She did a lot for her when she was going through a rough bout of her mom's alcoholism...

Date: 2009-11-25 01:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] so-small.livejournal.com
She was really kind :)
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