You know how, when you look at pictures, your appreciation for the moments when they were taken is somehow so much stronger? You think to yourself, “I wish I could go back in time with the knowledge of how valuable this moment really is to me.” Kierkegaard was right: “Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.”
Tomorrow is my last day. I feel like I’ve really cherished my time at Triform, but I know that in a few months or a few years, all that I’ve learned here will feel even more significant because it will shape who I become in the future.
There are many aspects of Triform I want to remember so, aside from what I’ve talked about in other posts, here are 10 highlights:
2. Zach has many catch phrases; one of them is “You’re the best”. With those words and his shy smile, he regularly brightens people’s days.
4. Holly is small and has a soft voice so the times when she gets excited always get me excited. I loved playing hide and seek with her or watching her sing Bingo.
5. The scenery here is breathtaking, especially in the fall. On our days off as coworkers, a few of us would go on hikes together. A memorable hike was when Suzy and I were walking through the woods and then all of a sudden we found ourselves in this beautiful meadow. We sat down to talk and I thought to myself: “Taking a gap year is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.”
6. On Wednesdays, biking one-on-one with Allegra and singing songs together was always the best part of my day.
7. I know in theory you shouldn’t but, I can’t help myself, I have a few favorites. Eric is one of them. We call him the sunshine of Christofferus and I’m really going to miss all his mannerism including his greetings “E-e-ello!!” and the way he kicks his back foot up and says “My house!” with a huge smile on his face.
8. At home, it’s my mom, my dad and me at the dining room table. Here, it’s twelve people around a table. I love being an only child but it was a nice change living in a full house. My favorite part was singing songs before we start our meals and having lots of voices fill the room. “Morning has come, night is away, rise with the sun and welcome the day!”
9. Arielle is mute but don’t think for a second that stops her from communicating. She’s a great speller and will trace letters in your palm. She also urges people to learn sign language. I learned the alphabet in an afternoon; it’s actually not that hard!
10. On the weekends we go on outings. It’s always when we leave Triform that I’m really aware of how unique of a group we are. For those who know little about special needs communities, lots of different thoughts must cross their mind when they see us. Reflecting on this has opened my mind because more and more I realize that the lives of the people I cross on the street are certainly much more elaborate than I could ever imagine.