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English Conversations with Cliff LMA004, LJILJANA w CLIFF #9.1

LJILJANA w CLIFF #9.1

We started off talking today about sleep and sleepiness. I am not a morning person, so I am often tired in the morning. You, however, are a morning person. You said that you are like a flower. You rise and fall with the sun, so on those occasions where you are trying to do work at home after dark you aften fall asleep in your chair or sometimes even sprawl out over your table. Deadlines help you power through that though. The added adrenaline rush of needing to get something done helps you stay awake, but when you're relaxed you are out when it is dark. Then we moved on to talking about our treasured memories. It was a little bit of a search for you to find one moment that really stood out, and in the end it was more like a theme of related memories then one single instance. These were the times that you got to spend with your parents, especially traveling together on the beach. You said that your father really liked to swim and you went with him all the time. He was such a good swimmer that you were proud of him, and you wanted to be as good as he was. You remembered with a smile that he always had a cigarette on the beach, no other equipment, just a cigarette. He would sit on the stone to relax and then he would jump in the water. You especially liked when you would get in the water with him and stand on his shoulders as he was under water, then he would stand up suddenly and launch you into the air and for just a few seconds you flew. You really enjoyed these times with him. In return, I told you a story about a shrine to a recently deceased dog named Dante that I encountered in my walks as I was beginning my process of becoming divorced. I saw one day that it had been vandalized and I decided to restore myself because I knew that the vandals would not. In so doing, I provided some emotional relief to Dante's owner, who was still in the throes of mourning and as a side effect I rediscovered who I was, which helped me through my time as well.



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LJILJANA w CLIFF #9.1

We started off talking today about sleep and sleepiness. I am not a morning person, so I am often tired in the morning. You, however, are a morning person. You said that you are like a flower. You rise and fall with the sun, so on those occasions where you are trying to do work at home after dark you aften fall asleep in your chair or sometimes even sprawl out over your table. Deadlines help you power through that though. The added adrenaline rush of needing to get something done helps you stay awake, but when you're relaxed you are out when it is dark. Then we moved on to talking about our treasured memories. It was a little bit of a search for you to find one moment that really stood out, and in the end it was more like a theme of related memories then one single instance. These were the times that you got to spend with your parents, especially traveling together on the beach. You said that your father really liked to swim and you went with him all the time. He was such a good swimmer that you were proud of him, and you wanted to be as good as he was. You remembered with a smile that he always had a cigarette on the beach, no other equipment, just a cigarette. He would sit on the stone to relax and then he would jump in the water. You especially liked when you would get in the water with him and stand on his shoulders as he was under water, then he would stand up suddenly and launch you into the air and for just a few seconds you flew. You really enjoyed these times with him. In return, I told you a story about a shrine to a recently deceased dog named Dante that I encountered in my walks as I was beginning my process of becoming divorced. I saw one day that it had been vandalized and I decided to restore myself because I knew that the vandals would not. In so doing, I provided some emotional relief to Dante's owner, who was still in the throes of mourning and as a side effect I rediscovered who I was, which helped me through my time as well.

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