When I was finishing my last semester at NAU, one of my most favorite professors of all time gave each of
her students a pine cone… A little
piece of Flagstaff, a reminder of our time here. And she, wisely, told us that the next time we returned it wouldn’t be the same. And it’s true…
There are so many comfortable familiar places and parts of Flagstaff.
So many memories and stories and the birth of many of my dearest friendships, too.
But, NAU is no longer the same. The city isn’t really home.
And that’s ok.
Because now it’s something different! During my years here I worked, partied (a lot!), studied (a little!), volunteered.. I never was a tourist though. And I never was a mom. This time I get to mini golf and swim (2 things I don’t think I ever did in my NAU years). I get snuggles and bedtime stories and to be beat at pool by my preteen. I get to go to bed early so I have energy to walk and hike and play. I only have a couple of days before I go back to the heat and work. We’ll see if we do much as far as the tourist thing. But, for now I am loving the “mom on vacation” thing.