Our beautiful spring continues. Yesterday I had to make several trips from my building to the center of campus. It was a gorgeous warm and sunny day, virtually impossible to improve upon.
When I reached the Quad, I saw that on the edge of the grass nearest Reynolda and Kitchin, there was a large circle of people sitting together, clearly a class. I do not know which class it was, but everyone was there together in the grass sitting very peacefully. There were other people smattered across the Quad grass in other places: a young woman close to the bookstore spread out on a blanket reading a book, people sitting on the teak chairs, or the half walls near the central entrances to the Quad.
I descended the stairs closest to Davis and Benson, and at the first fraternity lounge there were four or five students sitting out on a couch in their quasi-courtyard/lounge entrance. They all wore the same relaxed and happy face. Surrounded by friends, great weather, wonderful to be young and full of energy.
I crossed all the way to the Porter B. Byrum Welcome Center and then after my meeting made my way back by Scales. There were some lovely flowers – tulips for sure, perhaps pansies as well – and I also saw a student sitting on one of the swings in the giant trees near Scales. She was just sitting there, with a book. I took a quick picture from behind so as not to disturb her.
At the end of the day, there were a good number of students on Poteat field, which is where our students do a lot of intramurals and club sports. There was a group playing frisbee and laughing loudly, and another group getting started with something (I was a little too far away to see). It was a lot of young men with shirts off enjoying the sunshine and the warmth.
Perhaps at the end of a day of classes, there is nothing better than blowing off some steam with friends, getting some exercise, laughing like crazy. I don’t want to tell the students that all too soon their time to romp and play will be over and they will be off to the next step in their lives – work, family, responsibilities. They will find that out soon enough. I hope they cherish every moment they have at Wake Forest and drink in as many experiences like this as they can.
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