Neuralgia or Nostalgia?

I started college ten years ago this week. Made great friends, people I love dearly. (Met other people who still make me cringe when I think about them.)

We're not heading back for homecoming in October (I'm not going to be able to get the time off, and no one seems to be going this year, anyway), but I'm feeling really nostalgic. I just emailed a friend that I don't talk to very often, and I may well haul off and touch base with a few others.

When I realize that college started ten years ago, and I'm still pretty young, I'm finally able to offer myself a little grace about dubious decisions that I made. It's a bit of a relief. My spiritual director is fan-tastic, and she once made the observations that the lotus, lovely as it is, gets its nutrients from the muck of stagnant water. The muck is part of who we are, but there's loveliness that comes with it.


  1. "The muck is part of who we are, but there's loveliness that comes with it."
    Thank you. I needed that reminder today.

  2. I have had simliar thoughts lately. My class had it's ten year reunion (High school) this summer and people have been sending me pics. I did not go. In truth I'm not sure I missed much. But thinking about starting college 10 years ago has made me miss some things. Some friends, places, and nights where if I lost sleep it was on purpose rather than to check on a two year old! Blessings!


"So keep fightin' for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don't you forget to have fun doin' it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce. And when you get through kickin' ass and celebratin' the sheer joy of a good fight, be sure to tell those who come after how much fun it was."
-Saint Molly Ivins