Day 80: cottey friends we’ll always be until the end of time

20 Mar

I’ve gone back to school!
And, I’m all set up in my dorm room.

Except, this time it’s in the beautiful mansion on the edge of campus — that same mansion where I always wanted to peek inside the windows.

Much has changed in 18 years. For one thing, that mansion is now part of the campus and I am staying in one of the guest rooms. (A small dream come true.)

Now that mansion is called the Center for Women’s Leadership, a gift of Dr. Helen and George Washburn. And, right inside the door is their photo.

Dr. Helen Washburn is no longer the college President, as she was while I was a student, but just seeing their faces felt like coming home.

Being here also makes me think of my college pals, Laura and Lisa.  Here we are at Elvis’ Graceland on our way to Spring Break — “back in the day.”

Those girls seem so young now, and the proof is in my mirror.

I’m sure I’ll see many other changes on campus tomorrow morning, but until then, I can’t get this song out of my head.

Friends we are and friends will always be,
We’ll meet again, returning faithfully.

Cottey friends, we’ll always be,
Until the end of time.

4 Responses to “Day 80: cottey friends we’ll always be until the end of time”

  1. Sarah Cross Mills March 21, 2012 at 7:32 AM #

    Cottey? Was this high school? Weren’t you Smith ’96?

    • Jamie March 21, 2012 at 7:34 AM #

      Yes 😉 I transferred into Smith as a Junior and graduated Smith ’96 but I started college at Cottey (then a 2-year women’s college!). It feels great to be back on a women’s college campus too!

  2. Lori Phillips Gagnon March 21, 2012 at 3:32 PM #

    Being a PEO I totally get it and can’t think of a better person to be there inspiring other young women!!! Big hugs, Lori

    • Jamie March 21, 2012 at 7:51 PM #

      Ah, thank you Lori! I thought of you today and am sending you a huge hug!! xoxox~Jamie

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