(Credit to Becca, who had a similar post recently)
My little baby cousins are growing up. One is going to college this year, two will follow shortly behind, and the last two are in middle school and probably no longer think boys have cooties. Considering I changed all of their diapers, this is all hitting me particularly hard.
My oldest cousin is going to the school where my BFF teaches (professes?), which makes me happy because I can secretly spy on him. The next one (who used to be “Robbie”, but is now apparently “Rob”) is full of, “I don’t know where I want to go” boy-ness, but has to decide this year. He said he might like to check out St. Anselm, from where I happily graduated 9 years ago, and my brother followed two years later. So, his mom made an appointment, I took the day off, and off we went, the Nana in tow.
I tried not to embarrass Robbie, er, Rob, too much buy taking pictures, so some are kind of blurry. I also tried not to interject too many stupid comments about campus, but did fill him in on such wonders of Saint A’s like The Virgin Vault and the Slut Hut, neither of which are all that exciting unless you’re eighteen. The Nana, however, spent the day reminiscing about the gingerbread house I made, and some restaurant that was so good, but she could never find it again. I bet it was Applebees.
Here’s where I used to live, and where I met nine of my closest friends almost thirteen years ago. Its two floors of girl’s quads in the back of the main building, Alumni Hall, and no one knows about them. I panicked when I got my room assignment, because I couldn’t find my dorm anywhere on a map of campus. I lived on Second Street (way cooler than Third Street), and my friends and I still call ourselves The Street Girls (again, not quite as cool as it sounded at eighteen).
Here’s Stoneface. I had to look at him twice a week as I dragged myself into the theatre for Humanities lecture. I don’t really know what he’s there for, aside from a meeting place. Something about the Arts or other such silliness that didn’t involve boys or drinking.
Here’s the gym. It has all new fancy pants equipment I’d like to think I’d use if I went there now. I wouldn’t. Right next to the gym is the post office where I worked for three years. I wanted to take a picture of my mailbox, but thought that might embarrass Rob.
Here’s part of the quad. The building in the back is where I had to go write papers and print out all the oh-so-funny e-mail chains I receieved from everybody I went to high school with. In front of the building is the Rock of Love, and on the right is the boy’s dorm where I mastered window-climbing-in while wearing dresses. (These stories were not shared with Robbie). Did I mention the fact that Saint A’s doesn’t allow boys in girls dorms, and vice versa, aside from certain hours? I swear no one told me that before I agreed to go there.
Leaving campus, we drove past the house where I lived Senior Year. It looks mostly the same, as does the neighborhood. We once had a pig’s head on that roof, and Port-A-Potties in the yard. Again, things Rob can learn about for himself in college.
Overall, not much has changed since I left campus. The main change was that the convent is now classrooms. I wonder what happened to the nuns? I hope they weren’t tossed out on to the street. Oh, and the tour guide had a tee shirt on that said “Saint Anselm is my Homeboy.” We didn’t have that in 2000.
Lastly, here we are, leaving campus. Look, Rob is already a Hawk — he fits right in! I wish I had the picture of us at Alumni Hall when he was six or so, but he probably wouldn’t like if I posted that one.
After a trip to the bookstore, TGIFridays, and the state of New Hampshire liquor store, I don’t really know if Rob has any idea where he wants to go for school next year. Still, it was a great day to reminisce about the good old days of college. I’m going to mix up some Jungle Juice and order a pizza at midnight to complete the trip down memory lane.