Friends and Family

About two weeks ago, a good friend of mine who is an admissions counselor for Mary Washington was in the region visiting high schools and the Salem Civic Center for college fairs. She asked me to help her out with the fair at the Civic Center, which I was more than happy to do. I also learned a few interesting statistics about my alma mater; for example, 90% of our professors have PhDs. And, while I enjoyed the college fair, the best part was just getting to spend time with my friend. We had lunch one day, and breakfast the next, plus we were together for the two hours of the fair. As I was spending time with someone I’ve known for a quite a while in a town where I don’t really know anyone at all, I was reminded of something one of my professors once said. He was telling the class that both of his parents had passed away, and we, as people who by and large had most of our families remaining, didn’t understand how wonderful, helpful, and encouraging to have people who know you, who have always known you, and can say, “yes, we noticed this about you when you were three. You’ve always been like that.”

I have personality quirks, everyone does, and my biggest one is that I save the food I like best to eat last. My husband likes to make fun of me for doing it, but my parents tell him I’ve done it ever since I’ve been able to feed myself. That’s what I miss most about being around friends and family – having them know you, and all your quirks, and being just knowing that it’s the way you’ve always been.

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