back to blacksburg

i’m leaving tomorrow for a weekend trip to blacksburg, virginia.  when i was a student at virginia tech, blacksburg was my home away from home, and i can’t wait to go back.  it was there that i ate my first $5 macados hindenberg sub, and trained a weanling foal, and met my fiance, and learned that i could survive living 5 hours away from my family and friends.  for, perhaps the first time in my life, it was there that i felt independent and free and scared out of my mind.

when my alarm went off on the first morning of classes, i had a moment of shocking realization.  i could go back to sleep and no one would wake me up.  in fact, i could miss every single one of my classes; i could drink until i was sick; i could walk alone after dark; i could do all of the things i wasn’t allowed to do a few days prior; and no one would care.  my life was suddenly my own responsibility.

for that reason, blacksburg is the place that i will always associate with my learning to becoming an adult.  sure, there were a few bumps along the road — that crazy basement halloween party, and that ill-advised road trip in the bed of eric’s truck, and let’s not forget the night we had to call 911 for my roommate — but i came through through it all fine (as did my roommate), and i left blacksburg a changed person.

i go back to remember all of this and more.


2 Comments

Be careful on the road. Cindy and I are headed to Massanutten tomorrow to visit my parents. Maybe we’ll see you on the drive. 🙂

Posted by Colin on 24 July 2008 @ 7pm

colin, i hope you & cindy had a good weekend in massanutten. i hit some big storms on 66 coming home on sunday. hopefully you were able to avoid them.

Posted by heatherdyan on 30 July 2008 @ 2pm

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