Returning to My Roots

On the Rainbow CouchesEarly this morning (so early this morning) we are leaving on a jet plane for my alma mater, Oberlin College. I haven’t been back since I graduated in 2004. This picture was taken during my graduation week in our main library. If they’ve gotten rid of these beloved rainbow couches in the intervening years, I will be devastated. They were the perfect nap/study/nap location. I am beyond excited to show Eric all the places I lived and worked and trudged through the snow and tried to overcome the fact that the brakes on my bike failed every time it rained (which was…quite often). Where I ate and cooked and met friends and saw the Big Dipper for the first time in my life. Where I first discovered that snowflakes actually do like like those cutouts children make in pre-school and hang in wintry windows. Where I discovered my passion for Russian and for teaching. Where I worked in my library study late every night until my friend Steve rode up on his skateboard and threw rocks at my window so I’d come home and watch tv and eat cookies with the roomies. I honestly anticipate that it is going to be really emotional to return to this place. But I can’t wait.

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