Sunday, April 17, 2011

Shocked

Just Friday, I was feeling very comfortable in my own skin. I felt good about my week's worth of tests. After months of being able to see no further ahead than the next paper or the next test, I found myself feeling as if I could see clear straight through to graduation. I felt positive and sure of myself.

I told Tim about this, and he just smiled like he does, and said something to the effect of "I knew that you could do it."

The next day, as I hunkered over my computer pounding out yet another paper, he came in the door carrying a pot of star gazer lillies. "What are those for?" I asked, peering over the top of my reading glasses. And he told me that they were for me, for doing so well on my tests.

Was that not the sweetest thing ever?

Today, I got on line, and saw that my Anatomy and Physiology Lab quiz from last Tuesday was graded and posted. I confidently checked my grade.

It hadn't been a hard test.

I didn't think so anyway...

...until I saw the grade. I got a 79.2%

Baby? You'd better give those flowers to someone else.

15 comments:

Mikey said...

Awww, don't be so hard on yourself. It's not supposed to be easy! You absolutely deserve those flowers!!!

Scotty said...

I thought the old rule that anything over 75% was a good score still held true...

:-)

Bill of Wasilla said...

I haven't been a student for a few decades but - sounds pretty decent to me. Especially if the grade is on a curve...

Mary Paddock said...

You'd deserve those flowers whether you got an A or a C--just for tackling this and trying so hard.

If I'm learning anything this semester it's this (and it's a bitter pill to swallow)-- sometimes, despite how hard you try, you're not going to get an A. Occasionally the instructor structures a test poorly. Other times, you're simply going to miss the boat on one or two significant sources of points.

Cara said...

I scored a 78% on my korean midterm, it was the first C I've ever received in college. You know what? It was also the most celebrated grade I've ever had. College is a strange beast, but I figure there's no point in getting too twisted on the small stuff. Do your best, you'll pull through.

WhiteStone said...

In the grand scheme of things this 79.2 percent is the least of all life's worries. On the other hand, your successfully maneuvering your way towards a degree? Well, that's darn good stuff! Darn good! (That, and a hubby who buys you flowers...you're one lucky woman!) *wide smile*

nancyspoint said...

Debby, Nice hubby to bring you those flowers. It sounds like a respectable grade to me...

A Novel Woman said...

Anything over a 75% is a win, in my 'umble opinion.

Pat yourself on the back but first, put down the whip!

Kelly said...

I'm with everyone else. You still deserved those flowers. Way to go, Tim!

Bob said...

Honey, if I were there, and I had it in my wiring to strike a woman, I might have to give you a little smack (OK, I'm not there and I assure you, I would never strike anyone, especially a girl) . BUT . . you will not ALWAYS make superior grades! I had a law school professor who simply would not give students anything above a C because he just didn't want to.

Celebrate your 79-and-some-change! Continue what you are doing and you are going to be just fine. As I have said repeatedly to my older two, that's why they call it college!

And enjoy those flowers!

quid said...

ARRRGHHHHH! Still, you're deserving of the stargazers (my personal favorites!)

quid

Vinni said...

Or in the words of someone from my childhood, what did you do with the 20.8%?

I take that back - I can because I paid for the therapy that is meant to erase such impossible goals we set for ourselves - and point out one little something.

It is FAR BETTER to celebrate the gains in life, than to beat ourselves up about the losses - especially when the gains are 4 times (and 4 times as important) as the losses.

Look into the mirror and tell that self in there to stop raining on my Deb's parade, okay?

jeanie said...

And whatsmore - my husband owes me some flowers for borrowing my computer!!! The above was me, cleverly disguised!!

Anonymous said...

Just how close is that to 80% girl? You are doing so well in my opinion. In time your worry about this will be a very minor ripple. You are just too hard on yourself. You know you always do your best. And I am in awe of all the multi-tasking you do.

And what a treasure you have in Tim! You are truly blessed in so many ways now. Love and hugs Barbx

mrs.spit said...

I'm sorry, let me go back and read that score again.

Reading. . .

Yep, she did say 79, not 49. Last I looked 79 was a B.

I think you should keep the flowers.