A Little Bit of This and a Little Bit of That

Another day in Greensboro, NC although rain put a damper on what could have been a more pleasant day outdoors.  The temperature was noticeably cooler than it had been in previous days.  That didn’t stop us, however, from partaking in several college-sponsored events with our daughter and a few of her lively friends.  We had the opportunity to feast on some delicious freshly harvested produce directly from the college farm.  Being environmentally-friendly; even the utensils were biodegradable, made from plant starch as were the plates and napkins.  Sustainability is extremely high on the college’s list of priorities.  The homegrown bok choy, beans and salad greens were fresh, crisp and had just the right bite. Paired with tender grilled chicken breasts, the luncheon was thoroughly satisfying.

Next we ventured into the campus radio station where we got a glimpse of where our daughter is training for her 1-2 hour segment featuring primarily indie rock.  WQFS at 90.9 FM is a student-run radio station, recently rated the 11th best college radio station in the country by the Princeton Review.  It sounds like this will be a rewarding adventure and I’m looking forward to hearing our daughter live on the air in the near future. 

Strolling from the radio station to the residence hall, we passed one of my most favorite sculptures on campus unofficially labeled “Stickhenge” made by renowned local artist, Patrick Doughtery.  The structure is fashioned from saplings found in nearby neighborhoods.  The materials came from nature’s surplus and volunteers spent several weeks helping Patrick construct these stick silo-looking forms which are expected to break down over a period of one to three years.  This fascinating sculpture was so intriguing, I decided to check out Patrick’s website where I saw the extent of his environmentally-friendly and painstaking creativity.  He is extremely talented and his natural sculptures are simply amazing.  http://www.stickwork.net/ 

Since this was Homecoming/Parents Weekend, we couldn’t miss the pre-game tailgating cookout and the game.  We only stayed for the first half, but it was fun to watch a collegiate game, including the antics of the mascot.  All in all, with the exception of a 1-1/2 hour detour at AT&T to check out a problem with my cell phone, the day turned out to be better than expected.  We’re heading back home tomorrow with a couple of stops along the way.  I guess the old saying “absence makes the heart grow fonder” is true because I truly miss having my daughter at home yet couldn’t be prouder of how she’s handling herself at college.  

Now that I know I have nothing to worry about, for the time being at least, I can return with a sense of relief and satisfaction.  I’m able to get back to my own work with peace of mind.  I have to say that visiting the campus encouraged me to consider attending graduate school.  But that’s a matter for another day! 

“Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.” ~ John Wooden

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