The term’s rushing toward its last third.
I’ve become surrounded by Italy this term… My flatmate served there, and my roommate counts himself Italian by his grandma, and speaks a little. The laughing third flatmate studies Latinate tongues. My religion class revolves around Roman Catholicism; and our new bishop also hails from the country, while the sub-bishop just returned from a trip to there.
My roommate just received his mission call, assigning him to the California Long Beach Mission, to utilize Spanish.
I’ve been enjoying the English Language Center. Today I substituted for the test-administering intern, which I will do again twice, on the two Fridays after next.
Among the handful of students I’ve gotten to know there is Liang Feng Yu, a lady from Taiwan, Taoist by belief. Somehow her mouth is fixed in a permanent but modest smile, and that, combined with the difficulty of understanding her (she’s in what is currently the ELC’s second gradation), only the more entices me to stare at her mouth in observation of her pronunciation. She’s unmarried, but, not surprisingly, we are out of each other’s age range, she being senior.
After finishing with those tests and spending some time chatting with Kim Inkyum, a student in that class, I dropped by the ELC’s computer lab. On my way out, I saw Feng Yu. We ended up trying each other’s language for an hour or two, after which the lab closed. We walked toward our mutual neighbourhood together. As we approached the entrance to the Cannon Center, I asked her if she would like to accompany me there…
She’s a vegetarian, but she found quite enough to eat. She enjoyed the salad and fruit bar, a roll, a desert, a drink, and maybe something else. I had my usual. Besides other topics, we were able to talk a little about religion, and it seemed to not go negatively.
We left together and walked through the forested side of campus hill, past the duck pond, and close to my apartment before parting.
Well, I must forget that interesting, well-formed mouth sooner or later… even if it has already shifted my idea of beauty…