So the old nostalgia part of my brain really fired up as I walked past the dorm to see parents and their kids struggling to fit everything into their vehicles for the trip home. Oh yes! I remember move-in/move-out days very well! I even had a flashback to 30 years ago when I first made the move. It was that "30 years" part that made me go, "Damn! Has it been THAT long?!?" And just like I though last year as I walked through the SIU campus, "These kids weren't even born when I was going to school! They could be MY kids!"
It also felt good to see so many kids running around in the caps and gowns. I wanted to go up to each and every one of them and congratulate them for their accomplishment. Once again I remembered the excitement (and relief) I felt as I stood with thousands of other grads in Assembly Hall. Being a geology grad I had little cardboard dinosaurs attached to my mortarboard. The nostalgia kept going all weekend as NPR had a few stories about famous commencement speeches. I can't remember what was said at mine, but the speaker (a businessman who donated millions to the university) was actually pretty articulate and funny. Oh, so much promise and optimism as I faced the future, now replaced by bitterness and jadedness. *lol* Not really. The future is still so bright, I gotta wear shades.