I felt loved. Every year people do amazing, surprising things that I can't even really describe. It's true that many students seem to like me, and I get along fairly well with most of my coworkers and fellow city dwellers. However, most of my relationships with students are nowhere near what I'd call deep, and I am not super present - relationship-wise - with everyone at work. Yet, people still bathed me in love, whether it was the stuff above or with an e-mail or with some other nice gesture. I felt super, super cared for. And it seems like most years, I always feel super super cared for. I spend time thinking, "Alright, I don't deserve this, really," and time thinking, "Alright, is this, like, the pay-off for being the person I am?" Not, like, I try to joke around with students all the time so they bake me a Twins cake on my birthday; I joke around with students so that we have a relationship that could be worth doing that for. Hope that makes sense and doesn't sound too arrogant.
Anyway, thanks, every person I know. You are awesome. Glad you are in my life.