Monday, September 1, 2008

That homesick feeling...

Every year, when Fall approaches and kids go back to school, I get homesick for Ephraim.

This morning I was in Ephraim and decided to walk around the track at the college for some exercise. When I got there it was locked up tight, so I decided to do a few laps around the big campus block. It was cool, cloudy and a bit rainy, perfect Fall weather. It made my heart ache for Ephraim! And not just Ephraim, but for my amazing roommates and friends from Snow College. I was very blessed to marry, one of those amazing people, so I get to go back frequently and ALWAYS have him with me, but I want the rest of you to know that I miss you guys.

I found myself looking around for people I know. It was 9 am on Labor Day, so there wasn't ANYONE around, let alone people I know. As I walked past the Tute, I remembered fun dances, great classes, end of term breakfasts, Friday Forum, and so many other great memories.

As I went past the corner where the social science building used to be, I remembered sitting in on Val's psych class with Mr Meade. Going past the AC I thought of early morning racket ball with Tara and getting a ticket for making an illegal U-turn there with Jamie Kerr. Going past the stadium held more memories than I can count. Homecoming 1997 kept me very busy there and when I worked for summer programs, I spent endless afternoons there with youth groups doing water games. I saw Eva's house where I lived with and took care of a beautiful 97 year old woman. It is now student housing and I feel sad that the girls that live there won't know the wonderful former occupant!

I think the thing that set me off was that I was listening to a Peter Breinholt CD on my way there. That will forever connect me to the Conner House babes. I didn't dare go near the house, as I was bordering on over-sentimentality and that would have finished me off. Strangers don't need me crying on their front lawn!

Anyway, all you former Badgers, know that you are missed and that I treasure the times we had together. I think I will always be homesick for you every Fall!

4 comments:

Crystal said...

Oh, now you have me in tears. There has been many times Joel and I have wanted to be back in Ephraim. I miss the town, the school, the people. It is one of those second homes. I am not sure it will ever be the same if we did live there. We will never be the carefree college students again. At least we have the awesome memories from such a special place.

Tara said...

Peter Brienholt always reminds me of you too!! And I miss those days more than I can express - so many thigns I'd do over though there - one of those being not leaving you gals early! Thanks for the walk down memory lane...

Rhiannon said...

I am SO feeling you! I can't believe I actually lived there for over 8 years.... As soon as school is over I'm either living there or buying a vacation home there.. haha!

It is so home!

Jana said...

I miss Ephraim so much too! What good times! I'm also lucky enough to have married someone from around there so that I can visit. We don't get out there as often as I would like though, especially lately with the gas prices. I often think of our fun times. Bowling, golfing, wally ball, country dancing, hanging at the "tute"! You were such a good roommate and I looked up to you tremendously. I wanted to be just like the domestic goddess you are!

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