It’s Been A Long Time, Been A Real Long Time

Last night I went swimming for the first time in four years. I mean the kind of swimming you do in a lap pool and you do it for exercise. During my adolescents, I was on the swim team and although I was not a superstar I genuinely enjoyed swimming.  And I have been dying to get back in the pool and feel my hands glide over the surface of the water.  But I discovered something last night, I’m weak.  I can hardly swim 6 laps without becoming completely out of breath.  And I guess that is to be expected but I didn’t expect it.


I finally came rolling home last week after a detour that took me through Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania,  West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, and Wyoming.  It was a fun journey across the United States with some dear friends and plenty of good food.  Including a lunch break in Iowa City to visit an old roommate.  Cassi Elton, you are the best!

pink house reunion

the great state

But I felt relieved when I arrived home and I enter the front door of my parent’s home.  That feeling of coming home after being away for a long time can’t really be replicated.  While I was in DC, I attended a Damien Jurado concert and it was so good and so moving.  And I couldn’t help but let the emotions pulse through me as I listened to his song ‘Ohio.’


2 thoughts on “It’s Been A Long Time, Been A Real Long Time

  1. I love that picture of the three of you! You look great! Just keep swimming, just keep swimming. I doubt I could make it that far but I’d go with you while we are all together if want. Also, I need you to introduce me to good music again. I miss having you as a roommate, my music knowledge has dropped significantly with Brett has a roommate. haha.

  2. Sydney! It was so great to see you and have a mini little Pink House reunion. Any time you are back in Iowa come visit me! We’d love to show you around our little corner of the Midwest.

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