Last week, I attended my fellowship group. It was the day after my birthday, and I didn't expect anybody to remember. Heck, I'm not sure of anyone's birthday in there as well. So lo and behold, I was received very warmly and told, "Happy Birthday" by members! I even received cake as well, but that was just a fortunate coincidence, as the hosts had celebrated someone else's birthday. But I'm not complaining. After all, cake is cake, no?
Anyway, it was good to be back. I've missed some/many meetings due to the craziness of the grocery store, LSAT prep, house repair work, etc, etc. And I enjoyed some of the small chat, as I've been gone "some" time. Unfortunately, I even had to leave early, as the demands of the store, forced me to say, "Goodbye" around 9:30 pm. But it was just as I was leaving, which I'll remember most.
Tony: (talking to the group leader) So, as you can see. Wait Jong, are you going?
Me: Yeah, but I didn't want to interrupt. I'm just quietly going on my way.
Tony: Get outta here! No, wait. I didn't mean it like that. But, yeah, it was good to see you. Happy Birthday by the way.
Me: (now, with the whole group watching me) Well, thanks. I have to get back.
Amy: (group hostess) Happy Birthday too! Why do you have to go?
Me: My dad is always worried about thieves and robbers. And sometimes, when you're always out saving the world, you have little time for other things. (This is in reference to my work for the Dream Act too, which few of them know about. Nevertheless, the members that do know my secret, nod, knowing I'm referring to that work as well.)
(continuing on): Thanks everyone. See you guys next week! Yeah, go, get back to your discussion.
(FYI: what was odd, to me, was that another member just left quietly, and we continued talking, as he walked out. But they had stopped the discussion, just to talk to me?)
Everybody: Bye Jong!
Me: Bye! And Sherlock Holmes was a good movie, but a little bit complicated.
Then I left, thinking, "Wow, these are good people here. I'm very lucky!"
May God always bless them! :-)