Memoir Monday- Looking Back and Looking Forward

JamesonOne of the errands I had to run today was stopping off at the Douglass Co-op to make an exchange.  As I was driving around campus, I began to get choked up- there was Passion Puddle, my old dorm, the student center.  All of them full of memories.

As I wandered around the co-op, waiting to make my exchange, I watched as Rutgers students stood in line to purchase textbooks for the new semester.  I couldn’t help but think back on all the semesters I stood in that same line, all the textbooks I purchased, all the books I sold back, and the fun we always had at the campus co-op.  It felt so bizarre to be there, as an adult!  

Even stranger was the feeling of being so old.  I made my exchange (a new Douglass sweatshirt) and a quick purchase.  Where once I was buying shot glasses and Rutgers parapheneila  , I made a different type of purchase today- baby booties and teddy bear for the new baby in our lives.

As I walked out of the store and stood on the corner of Nichol, waiting to cross the street, I watched the snow falling on the Jameson dorms.  I was awed by the beauty of the scene and the memories that flood back anytime I am on campus.  I took out my camera and tried to capture the moment.  

I then walked to my car, careful not to slip in the icy slush, and got ready to drive to my next destination- visiting Audrey’s baby, the newest Douglass girl.  It’s amazing how it all comes full-circle in a few short years.


I just finished putting together a packet for my students to work on during the inauguration tomorrow.  We will be having normal classes in the morning, and then watching the inauguration from 11:30 on.  I wanted to have a packet for the students to work on in the event that they get bored or just need something else to focus on for a few minutes.

I am thrilled that we will be watching the inauguration activities live, because it is such a historic event!  I know I would be watching it all day if I were at home.  I just hope my students are interested, too!