Jeffrey Miller

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Another quiet Sunday in Daejeon

I’ve been having a lot of those since I first arrived here a little over a year ago; however, my Sundays and in fact most days and nights are not as quiet as they once were here ever since my very loud upstairs neighbor moved in a few weeks back.  

There’s no other way to put it—this guy is loud. I’ve already had to mention it to him once—about the noise level—but I don’t think it registered. I haven’t said anything since hoping that the noise will go away—that it was just a part of settling into his new surroundings—but in fact it has gotten worse. I am going to have to say something soon because he’s upped the noise ante as it were by starting off the day with a few primordial grunts and groans when he yawns in the morning.  

Last night was the first night since I returned from my last trip to Laos that I slept more than seven hours. I must have been pretty tired last night because I slept well. Got up a little after seven, made some coffee and called Chiu (On) and Mom. On was feeling okay this morning, but Mom was in some pain and feeling a little depressed. When my brother flew back to Houston on Friday she took it pretty hard. It was the first time in years that my Mom and brother had spent any quality time together and last week was when she really needed some of the quality time. She has more doctors to see in the next two weeks and then she will be able to start her chemo treatments. 

It might be a quiet Sunday in Daejeon with nothing to do but I have a lot on my plate—and a lot on my mind. It’s no wonder that I have been having a hard time sleeping the past four weeks.

End of week 1

Well, that’s one week out of the way and if you are keeping score at home, only 14 more until the end of this semester—give or take a few days for testing and then all the paperwork or “archiving” as it is called here. 

It was a rather sedate week not having to teach on Monday or Tuesday and then not really teaching on Wednesday or Thursday—just a meet and greet session. The Child Welfare students in my Tuesday/Thursday afternoon class were the most motivated and enthusiastic. Almost everyone in class had their student books and workbooks and were quite lively when I walked in the classroom. They are most likely going to be a lot of fun to teach. 

It was an emotional week for me waiting to find out what the cancer specialist would say when Mom went to see him on Thursday. I couldn’t sleep at all Thursday night worrying about Mom so much and I was scared to make the phone call Friday morning to find out what the specialist had told my Mom. 

When I called Mom this morning she was in good spirits waiting for me to call. She’s taking everything in stride and I can tell by her voice that she is feeling a little better. 

And of course I am missing On so much. It’s been 20 days since we last were together but it seems so much longer. The weekends are the worst time for me. Spending them all alone in my apartment. Other than going to the gym and the store, I just stay in. I don’t really want to go anywhere and besides, I don’t have much money to do anything. I know that’s not healthy and a very easy way for me to get stressed out more. It’s no wonder I have been getting these migraine-like headaches and waking up at 3 or 4 in the morning and unable to fall back asleep.  

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