What can I say about a visit to my college alma mater? We traveled back so Jim could lecture and be part of a small conference surrounding a book he contributed to and we were really excited about visiting my brother's family in their new home.
Oh, and it was so fun to be at the place where Jim and I met, where so many wonderful friendships were formed, and where we began our journey into academics. And it was wonderful to show the boys around, answering questions like "What things do you study in biology?", "What is that thing?" (the printmaking press), "What is on the fourth level of the science building?", "Why do you need sinks in a chemistry lab?" From mastodon bones to C.S. Lewis' wardrobe and from Tolkein's Writing desk to ice cream in the student center it was exploration at its finest.
There were also visits to a couple of my favorite places, two different farms in the park district that reminded me of home when I was a student and were such fun for my boys to explore with their cousins.
So many things have changed on the campus in the past eight years, but it definitely still felt like a homecoming!