While I have writer's block and can't find anything to blog about, I thought I'd post some photos of the last few weeks. A lot has happened.
In May we went to Massachusetts to see Daughter Number Two graduate. This is Talbot House, her home for four years. Houses at Smith College are like residence dorms, and during her senior year, DNT was house president.
We were very proud of her accomplishments, of course, but perhaps my proudest moment as a parent came when I entered her house and asked someone where to find my daughter. They pointed to the sign behind me:
Oh boy. All the academic achievements pale compared to the outpouring of love I saw from her classmates. Four years well spent, though from my end the months between visits seemed like decades.
Being back in the States was a culture shock. It had been over a year and a half since I'd been on my native soil. We rented a car and drove through Boston. In the Ted Williams Tunnel the sight of a Lincoln Continental, a Ford Crown Victoria and a Cadillac stunned me. I thought those had all been mothballed long ago. Why do Americans like their landboats? And why do they all have to squeeze into the tunnel at the same time?
Northampton, on the other hand, is a crunchy little town. I'd love to live there. Vegan food is readily available, and everyone seems happy. They call it the Happy Valley; I can see why. Although I did see a lot of tears when we left on Monday...I suspect this guy has seen a lot of those:
Oh, and lookie here, my writer's block seems to be cured.
Someone was happy to see us when we got back home:
That's one happy dog. He's still tweeting, by the way. No writer's block for him.
Big summer ahead. I'll try to post more as we go along, since it's probably our last summer here.
Goodbyes all around, it seems.