Fiction: Living Outside The Box

Fiction: Living Outside The Box

While the boxes seem intact, in reality, they are not as sturdy as they seem.

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Our house doesn't look like our house anymore. For one, the polished mahogany door is ajar, with shoes littered all around it. Strange, unknown feet are scattered all over the house, their owners hand wads of cash to my father in return for furniture they take with them. A wooden entertainment set, a tall, teak bookshelf, my beloved toaster oven, two king-size mattresses. They haul these appliances out the door, failing miserably at avoiding the cardboard boxes that seem to have conquered the apartment. They sit in crowds, staring us down with their cardboarded edges, each one reminding us of the hours left in the seemingly never ending move. A glance around the apartment feels foreign, unnatural. This house isn't mine. Where is the sharp ornate picture frame with my mom blushing at my dad? Where is the makeup on my vanity? I look around thinking, "Where did the mess go?". All this time, we were worried about cleaning up the mess, and now, there is no mess to be cleaned.

The marble floor is a pristine white that I have not seen in the five years I have lived here. The boxes that lay on it are being carted out, and they let out a resentful creak as they are displaced. Deep underneath the layers of cardboard, they don't want to leave their home. The yellowing duct tape wrapped around them in the attempt to keep their contents together has only been partly successful, but while the boxes seem intact, in reality, they are not as sturdy as they seem. After all the boxes are taken away, the bare walls are heard speaking to one another, their voices bouncing off the floor and ceiling, deep and loud and lonely. The door is shut with a resounding thud, and the house is silent.

The house waits, eager for novelty, desperate to see what the future will bring. The door swivels open and excited feet rush in. The floor rises to caress the feet of the new people, the soft threads of the carpet activated by the unfamiliar touch. Cardboard boxes find their way into every room, up long flights of stairs with dark, polished banisters, on kitchen islands with sleek granite surfaces, even on the cold stone floor of an unfinished basement. A pot is placed on the stove at medium heat, its contents simmering, spreading warmth through the entire house. The boxes are opened, the furniture put together painstakingly, nails and nuts and bolts scattered all over the hardwood floor. Hours pass, and the spiced aroma hangs heavy over the house, a cloud of strange and foreign, but still, comforting. Toys are set up, dolls placed in their rooms in the dollhouse once again, and everything seems to be back to normal. The bed looks like the same bed it was before. The bed is the same, the coverlets are the same purple butterfly print, but something is different. Something is off. Something does not feel quite like Home. Yet.

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Summer In College Is For More Than Just Working

No, you're never to hold to have fun in the summer.

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There should never be an age where you stop having fun in the summer. The weather is nice, there are always things to do, and everyone is just naturally happier. So, regardless of whether you're 7 or 21, I'm talking to you.

During the year it can be hard to find a routine unless you are a very put together person. Sadly, I am not. Even when I tell myself I'm going to eat healthily, work out, and stop procrastinating, I usually don't follow through with that. At school, I find myself in somewhat of a constant catch-up mode. When I feel like I'm ahead on my homework or studying, that usually means I'm behind on being healthy in other aspects of my life. That is why I love summer. It's a chance to reset the clock for a second and catch your breath.

I get that having an internship or working is important for your post-graduation life, but having fun is important for your college years too. When you get a job in the real world, summer is going to look a lot different for you. That is why it's best to take advantage of the time now. This doesn't mean turning down that work experience, it means doing things other than just working.

First things first is finding a hobby you enjoy that you don't do at school. Pick it up for a little over the summer. Why not? For me, this is yoga. For whatever reason, I find myself too nervous to attend yoga classes at school. I have absolutely no reason to be anxious about doing something I like, but I am so I take the time to attend a few classes a week in the summer.

Secondly, try reading. Before you make that look of disgust on your face, think about the last time you read a book of your choosing. If it was recently, then kudos to you for managing your time well enough to do that. If you are not that person, then hello! I am talking to you. I am not a fan of reading because I usually associate it with homework. However, I find that when I have the time to browse the book section of a store for a few seconds, I find multiple books that jump out at me. During the summer I take the opportunity to read a little here and there. The nice part of leisure reading over school reading is that there's no deadline. You can read what you want when you want to.

Finally, learn something new. Again I usually associate learning with things that I am required to learn for my major. Learning something new that interests you is a different kind of rush. When I'm bored in class, I make bucket lists of little things I want to learn about. They can be big or small. One time I wanted to learn how to knit. Don't ask me why my 19-year-old self thought it would be sweet to sit on my porch in the summer knitting, but I did, and I'm kind of sad I didn't pursue that interest. When might I ever have time to learn how to knit again?

These might sound like quirky things to do, but you're young. Make a bucket list and try to cross one thing off each weekend. If you're like me, then you're a little scared of growing up. Scared you won't be able to accomplish all the things you want to. But, the fact of the matter is no one is going to make you accomplish them but you. So, take some initiative and do them. Summer is for more than just working; it's time to live a little and reset the clock.

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The Movie Watchers

The Types Of People That Watch Movies

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This past weekend I saw the movie of the life time, Avengers Endgame. It was the culmination of 10 years in the making and no there will not be any spoilers in this piece of writing. I however noticed the same trends that occurred each time I went to the movies. The I saw the same people, however they were just in different bodily forms. When my eyes were not glued to the screen out of sheer anxiety and thrill, I managed to catch a quick glance at the type of people that plague our good theaters.

To start off, there are always those people that are good people and don't disturb the movie experiences of others. These are the quiet people, the ones who keep their eyes on the movie and focus on nothing else. These are the people we should all aspire to be, with their bloodshot eyes from not blinking as to not miss a single moment of the movie. While I am not always the Eyes Glued To The Screen movie watcher, I can say with assurance that I am a somewhat follower of this rule. I think everyone should learn from these people.

Next comes the traditional On My Phone Like A Idiot in the movie movie watcher. This is by far the most annoying of all the people that come to a movie. Like I came to be entertained and I paid good money for this, I didn't pay 14 dollars and 31 cents to hear some girl gossip on her phone to her friend about how her boyfriend didn't bring her flowers or some middle aged man attempt to close a business deal while his kids were watching the movie. Either leave your business at home or for the courtesy of others, at least leave it outside the theater. No one brings me more anger than these people just because they don't know any common courtesy or manners.

If your at the movie, you might get hungry or thirsty so its normal for people to bring in some food, most typically being popcorn. This is fine and all but don't chew so loudly that it sounds like Jurassic Park to the person next to you. Or don't sip up your drink in such a way that it makes the people around you wonder how your mother raised you. I call this person, the Slurper. Just, be chill and watch the movie. At least your not like the On My Phone Like An Idiot where you're an inconvenience to the whole theater.

Movies are a great way to get distracted from the horrors that are our personal lives. They are solace for some people, giving us a place to escape from reality. So please, don't disturb the kind movie goers who just need a break from that relentless school, job, or even family. Just give them their peace. So sit down, turn off your cellphone, and enjoy the movie.

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