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A Defining Moment March 26, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Word Play.
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All summer, I anticipated . . . college loomed.

As fall approached, I packed with enthusiasm: fan, umbrella, lamp, raincoat, study pillow, toiletries, typewriter, wastebasket, clock, bed linens . . .

The list expanded daily to respond to eventuality.

Ready . . . Set . . . Go!

Wikipedia ~ College of W&M, Wren Building (in Public Domain)

Arrived in Williamsburg, I embraced the tasks of unpacking, meeting and greeting room and dorm mates, and learning the ins and outs of life on campus . . . with an equal degree of fervor and unbridled enthusiasm.

Bags unpacked and class schedule memorized, a bout of homesickness  arrived on my doorstep, adding an ironic twist to the tale ~ excitement and anticipation fled . . . chased away by a first cousin, once removed, dread.

Confessing my concerns to a classmate resulted in a hasty march down Duke of Gloucester street to the King’s Arm Tavern for a Jefferson Cup filled with that ubiquitous symbol of Southern Hospitality . . . front porch and rocking chairs optional . . . my first Mint Julep!

A chilled beverage & warm welcome.

Courage reinforced, we traipsed back to campus with Fife and Drum escort, as cannons thundered from the Green of the Powder Magazine, marking a  defining moment in history.

No retreat.  No surrender.

Aah . . . that’s better!

The scariest moment is always just before you start. ~ Stephen King

Jumble Prompt:  Summer, Fervor, Ironic, Degree, Tavern, Cannon

Cryptoquote to Ponder:  Our deeds determine us as much as we determine our deeds. ~ George Eliot