Today was a day for catching up with friends from my days at the University of Utah...so long ago! It's amazing how much the Ogden and Salt Lake areas have grown! We tried to drive through the old Harrisville neighborhood, but with all the new development I couldn't find it. So we carried on south to Salt Lake where we spent the morning with Nicole, my dorm neighbor whose life took her back east for most of the past 20 years. She and her husband did join us for our wedding, but the miles have kept us apart since then. We've kept in touch through holiday cards, random letters and phone calls. This spring, she moved back into SLC, so catching up was a breeze this time out! Her nearly-kindergarten age kids were beautiful pleasures and our girls were thrilled to have little friends to play with.
After dropping off Cousin C at Salt Lake International Airport, we headed straight to The Pi, a basement pizza shop that, for decades, has served up some of the best pizza I've ever had. With student signatures, notes and names adorning the brick walls, dim lighting, random music selection on the stereo and sports playing silently on two small screens in the corners, the place is all university - good food, music, and lots of talking and laughing.
We took a hike through lower campus, making a beeline for the dance department. I wanted the girls, particularly E, to see that even dancers go to college. We were fortunate to catch a Utah Ballet rehearsal as well as bits and pieces of two other ballet classes. We talked to one student who filled us in on her typical day. Then we walked through the chemistry building where the girls recognized the double helix we'd studied the week before heading out on this adventure. We talked to a female freshman chemistry major about her days as a newbie here, then checked out the bookstore and quad outside the University Union.
Then it was off to my best friend from college for an afternoon of kid play, easy going evening dinner and catching up while the kids played into the night. It was a beautiful evening, and the kids had a blast catching up with friends they see only occasionally, but who they talk about between each visit. J's daughter announced that next summer she wants to fly out to visit us. What a treat - and our kids would be thrilled to have kid visitors, particularly these.
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