Mountain Girl in a Midwest Cornfield

A Happy Day

My phone is constantly in my hand. I don’t think I am any different than most college students when it comes to this; we don’t like to be disconnected. I moved across the country to study in college and now I like to stay in touch with my friends and family.

A snapchat usually catches my eye when it pops up on my phone. The yellow box surrounding the white ghost is just part of my everyday routine. It’s a part of everyone’s. I end up turning my head away.

The “iPhone blue” that pops up on my screen from a text surprises me tenfold compared to a snapchat. It’s usually my mom or my dad, or sometimes my friend Mallory. I pick up my phone and wait for the face recognition to unlock it.

The white Gmail icon floats down from the top edge of my phone and catches my eye.  The From: line is filled with the name of one of my professors and the subject line is labeled “Today’s Class.”

My heart jumps a bit. Could this finally be the day? I check the time: 7:33 am – plenty of time to go back to sleep if it’s what I think it is. I click the notification and hold my breath.

The first line is all I need to read:

“I am canceling class today because…”

I need nothing else for happiness to swell through my system.

A minuscule fistbump from underneath my comforter shows my excitement as I hit the lock button on my phone. I reach above my head and set my phone down as I settle my head back on my pillow.

This is what true bliss is.

Paradise in College Culture is a canceled class and extra sleeping time. I feel my heart getting happier just thinking about it.

1 Comment

  1. fuglsang

    Well. I am gobsmacked.

    A scene nicely presented, Mari.

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