“You don’t know what moments your mentees are going to remember or how an activity or conversation with you is going to impact them later. And you certainly don’t get to spend much time with them. […] So even though mentoring may not always feel impactful or glamorous and certainly can be hard, in those hours you steal from your busy schedule to mentor, you are doing something truly important.”—An email, sent from one of my many bosses at the place that I mentor students. It really made my day.
“I will break in two the long strong back
of this long midwinter night,
Roll it up and put it away
under the springtime coverlet.
And the night that my loved one comes back again
I will unroll it to lengthen the time.”—
Translation of a Korean sijo poem by the famous courtesan Hwang Chini, done by Richard Rutt.
Rutt goes on to explain the following:
"The word used for ‘roll up’ is a pun on ‘frosty cold,’ and the word used for loved one is a pun on ‘frozen,’ hinting that he had turned cold. Springtime is the time for love-making as well as of shortening nights. The poem is one of the best known and most widely quoted of all sijo."
I think what made me like this poem the most is that it actually reminds me poignantly of Penelope, faithfully waiting for Odysseus at her loom.