Wednesday, May 30, 2012


1st Year at USNA

Conservatory at Longwood

This time of year, we sail though our days, time flies, we meet, we laugh, we are merry. We create, we observe, we're delighted.  But suddenly time feels like it is gaining on me. I stop short. Very soon I will leave DC to become a fellow at the University of Delaware's Longwood Graduate Program.  I will face a new beginning, and a big change, the salty and the sweet.

Porter Street Cook Out

Shannon's Bike
As expected, I am confronted with memories of past beginnings and endings.  How did I feel when I packed the last time?  Did I pack these same things?  What have I kept since then? What have I left behind? There seems to be a rhythm to the collecting and shedding rituals of life--think of the snake's skin, the bird's feathers, the sunset and the sunrise.  There is a song to our journeys, a time to be still and a time to move.

When I falter in my confidence about moving, I think of my insightful friend Micah who shared this quote with me, "Life is a series of coming togethers and of partings..."

The sweetness of the meeting is never fully diminished by the ache of the parting. Once things are, they always will be.  Some words--once whispered into the universe--echo forever.  Some truths--once revealed--can never be unseen.  We are shaped by these moments. And we can take heart that they are milestones and benchmarks to remember and to push us along.

Dupont Metro
This feeling that makes you glow, that makes you sad to end but happy to begin ---I think it's a kind of love.  It originates inside each one of us. When we feel it--it's because we shared it with someone else and now they are reflecting it back to us.

Thanks DC for the tough love in the beginning and the overflow of fun at the ending...
Level 3 Red with Miss Laurie and 'Happy Man'

And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make. -The Beatles


  1. Laurie, once again you so beautifully described the feelings and sentiments that I am in tears. You are so beautiful.