Friday, May 09, 2008


on the way to have dinner with my parents a while back, i made a stop by my old elementary school. i hadn't set foot on the campus since my younger sister's 8th grade "graduation" 10 years ago, and it's been much longer than that since i was a student there.

as is the case with most things, progress came in the form of grand changes, making most of the school unrecognizable. i lamented the loss of the hopscotch court in front of my fourth grade classroom where my friend jen and i spent recess. the "upper playground" and pond areas are gone, replaced by classrooms. the ceramic tiles we made in (gulp) 1984 that adorned the front of the school are gone.

without sounding overly sentimental or cheesy (too late) it was a welcome sign to see the familiar red rubber balls on the roof of one of the buildings and be reminded that, despite so many years, some things never change. like waiting for the school's janitor to remove the rubber balls from the roof to continue games like handball and four-square.

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