Today I made the same drive I first made back in the fall of 1975–40 years ago. Then, it was with my parents headed for my freshman year at Davidson College. Now, it’s with my son headed for his senior year at the same place.
When I asked him where he was living this year, he said the senior apartments.
“Oh man,” I said, “you got one of the new senior apartments. That’s cool.”
“They’re not new, mother.”
“Oh,” I said, “I guess not.” They were building them when I graduated, and I was so jealous I would never get to live in one.
When I turned 40, I found it shocking that 40 years could have gone by since I was born, and now 40 years have gone by since I was 18. I’ll probably never stop being shocked by the passage of huge chunks of time.
I walked around campus this afternoon, and although a lot is different, my freshman dorm looks exactly the same. I thought about all the people I knew here, all the classes I took, all the decisions I made. I thought about what’s different and what’s still the same.
*my healthy action today: packed breakfast and lunch for the drive
This is beautiful. Yes, the passage of time IS shocking. Also, this makes me think about how, sometimes, I feel “stuck” “trapped” in my own consciousness, when there are so many millions, billions of consciousnesses experiencing the world in their own way, right now, in ways so very different from mine. Even just thinking about just the millions of people who are my age now, and all we share–and also don’t. It’s mind-boggling.
But how wonderful that your son is going to your school, and he’ll get his own unique experiences that, in many ways I’m sure, will reflect yours. And also won’t.
This is so rich! Thanks.
Thank you, Anne.
Healthy action for the day: resisted the urge to tamper with the day’s flow. Result? I slept very well and woke up refreshed.
Am wondering what you took to Drink?
with your packed breakfast & lunch (winkwink)
As you well know… I am on a ‘teeter-totter’ ride
with my coffee consumption… attempting to drink
MORE Real Juice and LESS Real Coffee… 🙂
*my healthy action today:
researching the psychology of eating (& drinking)!
In keeping with our ‘august-being-healthy-project’
I welcome comments on my Research Project…
New Post August 22nd… from saudi with love… xxx
I have a college story to go with this project… 🙂
Helena, for most of the day I drink sparkling water with fresh squeezed lemon. Sometimes in the evening, I will add a splash of pomegranate or cranberry juice.
so we share the same preferences in Real Juices… 🙂
Cin!Cin! to our ‘august-being-healthy-project’ !!!
btw… what happens come September??
I don’t know 😳
and so… it shall be revealed… 🙂
Richardson was my first Davidson dorm, too. Love that place … And how nice that you get to go back! Have been enjoying your writing.
Thanks so much, Towles! Did I know you went to Davidson too? That’s cool. The photo is actually of Watts (with Belk peaking through on the right side), but my son lived in Richardson his freshman year. I LOVE going back even though it makes me so nostalgic : )
Ah, Watts – I never lived there! I love going back, too – even though all the kids actually look like kids to me, and that’s just so shocking. 😁 I love Davidson!
Ha! If they look like kids to you, imagine what they look like to me : )