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!