One 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.