Grade 12 year has FLOWN BY! I don’t wish I could redo it all over again, but the memories? I would go back in a flash. The last couple years of high school (9-11) weren’t that great for me…I was cruising by, I had the same friends as I did in grade school, with some new acquaintances. But Grade 12 hit and BAM! All of a sudden, I was talking to people I never gave a second thought to. Now that I’m going on to university, it’ll seem weird hearing about “high school kids” on the news, radio, or TV (and those tween movies set in high school are not going to be as interesting since the real deal is already over for me.) It still feels like I’ll be getting tests and assignments next week, and then I instantly remember that wait…I’m never going back to those four years. Here are some highlights from Grade 12 (other than meeting awesome new people):
1. In the last physics unit (Modern Physics), we learned about time travel and special relativity and FINALLY got to know what Einstein’s famous equation E = mc^2 means.
2. During the first few days of calculus class, we were taught what “the limit does not exist” means, and the whole class erupted into whoops (mainly all the girls because duh…haven’t you seen Mean Girls?)
3. Teachers talked to us more than ever before, giving us pep talks on university/college, prom, graduating … I will really, really miss some of them … but I will definitely come back and visit.
4. Getting my graduation picture taken. I felt weird to know that this was the picture that will forever be up in the school! I was told that I look like an over excited little Asian child (my friends asked who that was when they were viewing the grad composite and then realized it was me…)
5. Halloween. I always go all out with my ugly zombie makeup, and this year was a repeat of the last three. I think some people actually did get frightened when I walked into class as if nothing was wrong with my face. This was also the first year I DIDN’T go trick or treating, and instead I brought my siblings around the neighbourhood.
6. The last day of high school. It felt like I was dreaming, when I walked in to write my last exam (which was English, so the day before I didn’t have to study and was basically done.) After walking out of there, nostalgia hit me and suddenly I wanted to be a freshman again. It was bittersweet, leaving for the last time. But then I reminded myself that things always come to an end. So, farewell high school. I waked home that day, and had a thoughtful reflection of how my time here has changed me as who I am, or who I want to become.
7. Prom!! I wasn’t even planning to go in the beginning, but I am thankful I did. It wasn’t even similar to the characteristic version of prom in movies, and one thing I remember is when I went and sat in the main entrance hall all alone, away from the music, and a couple of my friends came out of the hall. We just sat there, probably all thinking “This was prom? This was what I’ve been looking forward to for four years? It doesn’t seem real.” At least, that’s what I thought.
8. Lastly, GRADUATION! Well not LAST last, there’s still so many memories that I won’t waste your time with, but this is the actual end. Graduation was not like a cliche movie … when you get called on stage to get your diploma, the only thing you’re focusing on is the principal’s face, and the lights from above are blinding as you stumble across the platform. I thankfully didn’t trip, but one guy did, which I will STILL recall many years in the future (“Hey, remember that one kid that tripped when he went to get his diploma? AHAHAHAHAH.”) Also, one of the graduates decided to take a selfie with the principal, and another one picked him up off his feet in a bear hug. Yes, our school is definitely filled with talent (especially our valedictorian, creds to him for leaving a positive mark on our graduating class.) After the ceremony, the crowd was too much, and many people returned their gowns right away, so I was not able to get the typical “throwing your caps in the air” photo with my friends. When you see everyone leaving, that’s when you know that some of these people, you really will NEVER see again, as they are going away to university, or doing something completely different than you. THAT was the hardest goodbye, knowing that the same people won’t be around you anymore, and that the teachers, even the ones that you didn’t talk to as much, maybe because you had them for one science class but you always gave that friendly nod to in the hallway … you won’t see any of them, and never again will they crack jokes about vectors, try to shape themselves into a cubic function, confuse you to the nth degree with the electric field of a point charge, or make great analogies to help you understand how Markovnikov’s Rule works … and that’s my high school experience. I will always thank high school for making me the person I am today!
NOW…onto this recipe!
Quote of the Day
“The fireworks begin today. Each diploma is a lighted match. Each one of you is a fuse.” – Edward Koch
Word of the Day
Bellicose (adj.): demonstrating aggression and willingness to fight (John had a bellicose personality which made him a fierce competitor during wrestling competitions.)
For the crust:
-1 cup soft, pitted dates
-1 cup raw pecans, almonds, or walnuts
For the filling:
-1.5 cups raw cashews, soaked in water for 4-6 hours, then drained. If you are short on time, pour boiling water on the cashews and soak them for one hour, then drain it
-Scant 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (about one large lemon)
-1/3 cup regular coconut oil, melted (not virgin/extra virgin)
-1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons coconut milk, canned
-1/2 cup date syrup or coconut nectar (or honey)
-2 fresh mangoes, sliced vertically
Get a pie plate, and blend the crust ingredients until they form a dough, then pat it down in the pan. Put this in the freezer for a half hour. Once the cashews are soaked, blend those with the rest of the filling ingredients, and pour into the pie plate. Put this in the fridge for a couple hours, and then layer the mango slices on top of the cake. Keep refrigerated and then serve cold.
Makes: 16 slices
Nutrition Info (per one slice):
Fat: 14.3 g
Carbs: 24.5 g
Sodium: 7.3 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Fiber: 2.3 g
Sugar: 19.3 g
Protein: 2.9 g