It reading books, listening to music, and playing

It was the eleventh day of June year
2014. The sun rises in the east at exactly 
5:47 a.m. Samantha wakes up early, eats breakfast, takes a bath, dresses
herself, and walks to school that is only a kilometre away from their house. It
was her first day of school being a college student. Since, today is the first
day; her feeling is a mixed emotion of excitement and anxiousness.

            Samantha
Morrie is an 18-year old girl. She has brown-eyes, not so pointed but cute nose,
sexy and tint lips and a good-figured tan body which made her a total lady. She
is a very simple and modest girl. Others would say she’s like a real Filipina
because of her actions. Her beauty is alluring to everyone who would see it.
But even though she has her charm, she didn’t want to show it because she won’t
like others looking at her. She’s an introvert kind of a person. You can only
hear her soft voice when you ask her question. You can only see her outside their
house when she’s going to school or to church. The place that you could always
see her is inside their house, inside her small-lavender coloured room, reading
books, listening to music, and playing guitar while singing her favourite song.
Almost everything is already in her. She possesses the characteristics every
girl dreams of. She’s gorgeous, talented, brainy, and have faith in God. She is
perfect, almost perfect, seems to be perfect but she’s not.

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            When
Samantha was still a kid, she is a very cheerful child and a hyper one. She’s
amiable, affectionate, and zealous. She loves to see and talk to different
people, even if it comes to an adult, a teenager, or with the same kids. Whenever
she sees someone, she’ll call it as if she knew him and talk with him. She
always wants to see people and have fun with them. She will get the attention
of others and then she will begin to sing with matching dance. So her audience
will clap their hands and laugh with each other. She’s doing it in any places
they go such as in the park, in the playground, in the house of their
neighbour, or even sometimes in the mall.  No time you could see this charming child sad and
alone. She always wears her dazzling smile.

            Samantha
is the unica hija of her parents. But
though she’s a unica hija, she’s not spoiled brat because her parents teach her
what is good and bad, right and wrong. So every time she does wrong, her
parents will discipline her. Besides, if she does right, she’ll receive a
reward. Her parents are her playmates most of the time especially during
weekends. They will go to the park, bring some favourite foods of her, and have
a bonding there. Their life is just simple. They are not rich. Her parents’
salaries are just enough with their daily needs. But they still allot and save
money for their child, for her better future.

            But
one day, everything turns into gray. That day was her 7th birthday.
They planned to go to the mall and celebrate her birthday. While they were in
the in a car along the street, a motorcycle came to stop them. The motorists
point a gun on them; get everything inside the car and shot her parents. Samantha,
who is only seven years old then, is the only one who was left by the suspects.
Samantha was shocked from what happens until she didn’t even notice that there
are many police and people surrounding their car that started to investigate
the cause of the crime. Samantha was interviewed by the police if she saw the
faces of the suspects? How many are them? What do they ride? Did she get the
plate number? But she didn’t answer. They ask her if she has relatives, but
then again, they never even heard a soft sound coming from her mouth. She’ was
dumbfounded. She seems to be traumatized. So the police decided to bring her to
the orphanage.

            From
that day, no one has ever heard her soft-sweet voice. Even the nuns that take
care of her couldn’t make Samantha to speak. Until after a year, a rich, kind
and compassionate Filipino couple adopted Samantha and take her to America.
They get a personal psychiatrist to cure her. After a long period of time of
treatment, the parents started to hear her voice slowly and slowly and slowly
until she recovered from the trauma she had experienced before.

            However,
even if she had already been recovered, the old, charming, sweet and cheerful Samantha
couldn’t be back anymore. She’s already gone. She had fully grown up as a lady.
Her physical features were developed. And when you stare at her, you can see her
happy brown-eyes covered by sadness, her astounding smile fades away, and she’s
always alone. She is now a new Samantha, a shy, timid, quiet and introvert woman.

            It
was the eleventh day of June year 2014. The sun rises in the east at
exactly  5:47 a.m. Sam wakes up early, eats
breakfast, takes a bath, dresses herself, and walks to school which is only a
kilometre away from their house. It was her first day of school being a college
student. Since, today is the first day; her feeling is a mixed emotion of
excitement and anxiousness.

            Actually,
she never wanted to go college. After finishing high school, she tells herself
that she’ll just stay at home and spend the whole time there. She has no any
plans for her future. But her parents refuse and contradict her because they
like her to be a doctor. So as a child, she has nothing to do but to follow
them.

            Samantha
reaches the school, enters the gate and finds her classroom. The Medicine
Building is located on the 3rd floor of the building. She enters the
room silently; her heads are bowed down while looking for a vacant seat. Then
suddenly, a boy gets her attention and says “Miss! You can sit here in my
side.” Everyone looks at her causes her heart to pump so fast and even the
circulation of her blood. But she has to hide her feelings in that moment. She
feels humiliated towards her classmate. So she abruptly looks for another seat
and sits there. 

            As
she looks around the room, she notices that almost of the students already know
each other. Her classmates seem so close with each other, perhaps they were classmates
in their high school years or they are just friendly people. When you look at
them one by one, almost one-fourth of the class only were the serious ones and
one of those is the boy who called her and offered a seat.

            Samantha
is already used with that kind of scenario because that was the same set-up
when she first enters high school and until she graduated, she has no
acquaintance. She better likes to eat alone in the canteen, walk alone in the
boulevard, and study alone in the library. Her best friend is her books. She
loves to read and write stories, novels, and other types of literatures. Thus,
every time she’s in an awkward situation, she’ll just get her best friend and
starts to read.

            There
comes in a very young looking, tall, dark, and handsome professor of the
university who is just around 24-26 years old. He’s well-groomed from head to
toe, nifty, and looking so smart. Almost of the women inside the classroom
screamed and nearly fainted when they saw their professor especially when the
prof shows his welcome smile to them. But after a minute, the clamour ends when
the teacher started to speak. He introduced himself and told them that he will
be their teacher in one of their subjects. And you know what, his name is Sam
too. So Samantha was surprised because it was the same with her nickname.

Days, weeks, and months
passed, they started to know him. He’s really a smart person. He’s a teacher
who has a good sense of humour. He can easily catch to his students’ joke and
to their problems in life. And aside from that, he is also single. Because of
this, the girls in the classroom even some of the boys got motivated to go to
school every day.

            One
time, while they are happily having a discussion about one of their topics the
professor noticed Samantha because she’s the only one who is not participating
in their class. So the teacher throws her a very meaningful question. “Ms.
Morrie, can you give an anecdote that describes the world of the female medical
students?” Samantha feels again the same feeling she felt on their first day,
she feels shy as well as annoyed with the professor because she is listening
but still he called her name. But then again, she’s a student so she stands up,
thinks deeply, and answers it thoroughly. “Someone asks me this question; you
want to do emergency medicine?  What
about a family? Family medicine would be a lot easier for you to have your own
family.” Samantha continues speaking. “I love emergency medicine and could see
myself doing it in the future. My parents have told me I wouldn’t be able to
“really” have a family working all those “odd/long shifts” and I should
strongly consider settling for an outpatient job so I could have time with my
family.”… “All specialty choices deserve respect”. Her classmates feel
astonished after hearing her answer because they did not expect that Samantha is
smart. Consequently, the teacher appreciates and mesmerized to her answer and
since that day, the teacher always notices her.

            As
time goes by, Samantha feels that Sir Sam Sam constantly calls her during their
discussion. There are also times where after class, he will talk to her
personally and will complement her outer and inner beauty. Because of this, she
feels awkward towards the teacher but she did not show it to him, perhaps he’ll
think that she likes him too, or she’s tolerating him in his actions.

            Later
on did she finds out that Sir Sam really likes her. It was when she was in her
third year college, second semester on the day of her birthday, February 8,
2014. After their class, the teacher gave her a red fragrant rose flower and
greeted her privately, “Happy Birthday Samantha! Hope you like it. Enjoy your
day!” She didn’t know how to react with that and what will she do? She feels
her cheeks blushing, her hands and feet are shaking, and her body is stiff. But
she still accepted it as a gift coming from a teacher. She went home with a
smile at her face. She didn’t know the reason why, only she know is she’s
happy.

            Since
that day, her teacher always gives her flower, sometimes a chocolate, and
sometimes a small piece of paper with a short message inside. But Samantha
refuses to accept those because she doesn’t want to entertain him for the
reason that he is her teacher.  

But the professor is
truly serious to her. He always wants to make her happy to see her wonderful
smile. Actually, there comes an incident when she proves that Sir Sam really
loves her in spite of being so snobbish. Sir Sam goes to their house, meets her
parents and asks if he can court her. Throughout that time, Samantha is just
inside her room and listening to what Sir Sam and her parents are talking
about. However, she couldn’t be able to hear the words clearly. What she just
had heard is the last line from both of them. “It’s okay for us, there’s no
problem with you Sir. Actually, we’re thankful at this moment because we didn’t
expect that there is someone who loves our daughter very much, and it’s you
Sir. We know that you could be a big help for Sam to overcome her fears
especially in dealing with people. May you be a good inspiration and motivation
to her? But still, the decision will be from Samantha, Sir.” “You’re welcome
Ma’am and Sir. I promise you I will help your daughter because I really love
her.”

 And from that day, she felt comfortable with
Sir Sam. Every afternoon, Sir asks her to eat lunch together and in the
afternoon, he’ll drive her home. Eventually, Samantha got used with that kind
of scenario even they are not still in the relationship. She clarified with Sir
Sam their status as of that moment, and this is what she said. “Sir, I thank
you for being with me there always. Thank you for appreciating me and loving me
even I have my flaws. You give colours in my life. But I’m sorry Sir; I
couldn’t still give you my “YES!” Let us give each other time to know each
other more and let’s wait for the perfect time for us.” “I understand. I will
wait for you until that perfect day comes. I love you Samantha!” he replied.
Samantha feels emotional at that moment because she has never felt that feeling
before. Only Sir Sam is the one who makes her feel loved.

When Samantha is in
her last year of studying medicine, Sir Sam still supports her, encourages her,
and inspires her in every problem as well as decision she’s making. Samantha,
on the other hand, did her best part in studying.

Tantararannn…tan..tan….tanananaaannn……

“Morrie, Samantha L.,
Graduated Doctor of Medicine, as Magna Cum Laude” the emcee announces while
Samantha is receiving her diploma and gold medals together with her parents.
Samantha is crying while receiving those medals because she couldn’t contain
her happiness. After the ceremony, Prof. Sam congratulates Samantha. Then
Samantha holds his hand, hugs him tight and whispers “I love you Sir Sam,
rather Sam!”