Three Years Ago This Week…

I know 3 isn’t really a major milestone to reach in most circumstances but every year at about this time I remember my college experience. Three years ago this week I graduated from college and I’ve been a little nostalgic and listing off some of the memories I carry with me (some good, some not so much) from that period in my life.

  • crazy roommates – not one normal one in the bunch
  • becoming engaged
  • walking in Boston on a cold, dark winter’s evening with a gentle snow
  • sitting by the Charles with my journal on a sunny day
  • Covenant Group
  • breaking up and losing a friend
  • Valentine’s Day 2001 with my friends
  • van/car rides to and from retreats
  • best man at my brother’s wedding
  • the sunrise on the retreat to Cape Cod
  • knowing when to let go and move on
  • getting stuck on a rock as the tide came in in Rockport
  • “Sweet Child of Mine”
  • talks with Meredith
  • non-alcoholic wine on Audra’s front lawn – good times!
  • Dean Bob
  • Vinny Testa’s when it was always Julie’s birthday
  • the choir
  • Merlin Swartz
  • Semester at Sea
  • Indian poverty
  • sadness in Cambodia
  • becoming an uncle and godfather
  • no journal when leaving to study abroad
  • getting a mix tape about moving on and growing up
  • sitting for hours just staring at the ocean
  • Lloyd Trips
  • Boots and Batons
  • the back deck – especially that one sunset
  • Skip-Bo
  • UNO
  • “Baby Jesus did that to you.”
  • eye contact when we were the only ones to see the humor
  • weekly lunches with Kimi
  • having a prayer partner who made the effort to keep a schedule with me
  • “Drink this gingerly.”
  • Jose, St. Elmo’s, and that day in South Africa
  • always feeling like I wasn’t a real part of the group
  • sitting on the bank of the river in Kyoto
  • skipping German to see a couple of movies
  • writing letters to a sick friend
  • “Thank you God for linoleum.”
  • General Conferences
  • working at camp
  • my cousin’s suicide
  • ride’s home with friends
  • lots of hugs
  • Leroy Rouner’s The Long Way Home
  • the Martha’s Vineyard Retreat
  • Adrienne! and “Tarshish!”
  • almost getting charged by an elephant in Kenya
  • moving in and moving out every few months
  • the tone deaf neighbors who loved to sing, loudly
  • fifth floor, no elevator
  • “Not now!”
  • graduating
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