Hometown of Labor Day

Trip Start Aug 21, 2010
Trip End Dec 31, 2010

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Monday, September 6, 2010

In our continuation of our trip across the country, we revisited our alma mater, Cedarville University. Kelsey and I quickly realized that we were already feeling outdated in our old college town... we saw fewer and fewer familiar faces. One familiar face was excited to see us, however. She even let us stay in her apartment Sunday night. Our good friend Denise was kind enough to house two weary travelers. We enjoyed her company and the company of the few college friends that hadn't yet graduated. That night, we all went to the grand Labor Day fireworks festival (Cedarville was the hometown of the man who instituted Labor Day), where we met up with Matt Moore. He took his place on the blanket right next to us, and we caught up recent events before the fireworks started booming. When they did, it was pretty magnificent. The best fireworks show I've seen yet, I dare say. On our way out, as the crowds were clearing, we randomly bumped into Kelsey's cousins Jeff and Tiff, who were sitting right behind us. It was neat to see and talk to them for a bit there in town. After those pleasant moments passed, we parted ways with Matt Moore (and scheduled a racquetball match for the next morning), and then decided to extend the evening by walking down to the local coffee shop. I was craving a frozen hot chocolate. On the sidewalk, we ran into our good friend Paul Mitchell on the sidewalk. It was pure chance this happened, since he had graduated the previous spring. He was just in town for the festivities himself.
The next morning, we went to visit Dr. Phipps and chatted in his office for a bit. Chapel was about to begin, so we sat in chapel with him. After hearing Dr. Brown speak, I went over and played racquetball with Matt Moore as Kelsey stalked Sarah Allan, her former roommate.
We talked with Derrick Green and Don Jones and Mr. C on our way out of town, among other friends in the student center. We soon had to tear ourselves away from our friends. After all, we had a ten-hour drive up through New York state. As it would turn out, eight of those hours were in pouring rain.

It was a whirlwind visit, but it was still refreshing. We did feel old, though! We spent more time visiting professors than we did visiting college friends.
I was encouraged by Matt Moore's progress on his dramatic interpretation program of King David, and he helped fuel the fire that had started in me to construct a program of my own. Now I am currently working on a Joseph drama to present in churches. We'll see where that leads.

So our quick visit to Cedarville was our last little fling before starting the real work for the rest of the semester. New York awaits!
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