I grew up in the great state of Kansas. It is still, to this day, the prettiest state in the Union to me, with its waving fields of wheat, inspiring horizons, and blazing sunflowers. I love it!
|A Kansas farm pond|
|He's faking it. He's not awake.|
|After a satisfying lunch!|
|Before the tour|
Jacob enjoyed the campus, but he especially loved feeling like his presence mattered. He appreciated the care and time put into his tour and how it was personalized just for him. I enjoyed seeing Bethany through different, younger eyes. Rather than seeing it as a small, limited, and claustrophobic college, I saw it for what it really is, an opportunity to live and learn in a small town that values its Swedish heritage, its rich history of art and music, and its quality education.
Day two brought college tour number two and a dramatically different experience, for this time we traveled east to tour my and my husband's alma mater, the fabulous University of Kansas.
Konza Prairie and the Flint Hills. The prairie is maintained by Kansas State University. To me this is some of the loveliest land in the nation with its rolling hills, expansive skies, and stunning sunsets. Seeing it again made me positively giddy, and I couldn't help but imagine a stately Indian topping a ridge on horseback. Time hasn't changed the land.
Time has certainly changed Lawrence, though! The campus was undergoing a lot of renovation. My dorm, McCollum Hall, is slated for demolition later this fall. Jayhawk Boulevard is torn up, and scaffolding obscures the view of many stately old buildings. Nevertheless, it remains one of my favorite places on earth!
|Here's a view of my old hangout, Watson Library, complete with construction!|
|Wescoe Hall, the sight of many of my larger survey classes, still ugly as always.|
|Strong Hall, venerable and stately.|
|The Burning Bush as photographed from inside the library of Smith Hall,|
where I had many classes in Religion.
|McCollum Hall. My room was the one directly above the trailer.|
|Library table in the|
stacks where I
|And library table on the floor where I studied.|
|Memorial Drive, overlooking Marvin Grove and the Campanile Bell Tower|
|Such a treasure to share Mary with Jacob! It's a dream come true!|
All too soon it was time to leave. A final hug and wave good-bye and we were back in the truck and exploring the town. I found my old apartment and snapped a shot of it.
|It was the basement one. Yeah, it's ugly. That's student|
apartment living for you.
|Spinning wheels, spinning wheels...|
|And more spinning wheels!|
|And of course lots of yarn!|
Soon enough it was time to head for home. We were both tired, but the day had been a beautiful one.
So where will Jacob end up? It's too early to tell, but I think he's leaning towards a smaller school experience. He had favorable impressions of both schools, and I know he would do well in either place. He's got time to decide. I say, it's a special time- enjoy the journey!