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McKenna and Dorothy

McKenna and Dorothy

McKenna and Dorothy

We drove up to Massachusetts today, taking about ten hours. Part of that was down to heavy traffic on 95 getting around Boston but the fact that we had two vehicles played a role, as well. We made it, though, in spite of getting separated coming off the George Washington Bridge. Dorothy moved into her dorm room and we met her new roommate, Kenna, pictured here with Dorothy. We went to a little taco place in Beverly called La Victoria Taqueria (http://www.victoriataqueria.com/). It was quite good and we enjoyed our food out doors. We’ve been having such hot weather that it was nice to be out on a pleasant evening. Here’s to Dorothy and Kenna.

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Dorothy, Bobby, and John

Dorothy, Bobby, and John

Dorothy, Bobby, and John

Here’s one more picture from Tuesday, January 12. After a short break while I walked around the campus and then went and checked into my hotel, I went back to the school and picked up Dorothy and two of her friends, Bobby (center), and John (right). We went to Nick’s Famous Roast Beef for dinner. We weren’t sure they would be open, because in December the owners were indicted for conspiracy to defraud the United States (i.e., they are accused of hiding receipts from the IRS to avoid taxes). We were happy to find that they were open for business and we enjoyed a nice meal. When we left, it had begun raining and by the time I was back at my hotel, it was snowing a fairly wet snow. I wasn’t sure what that might mean for the drive home tomorrow.

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Coy Pond, Gordon College

Coy Pond, Gordon College

Coy Pond, Gordon College

As mentioned in my last post, also from Tuesday, January 12, I drove Dorothy back to school today. It was a mostly cloudy day, quite good for driving, actually. After we got to the school, Porter and Dorothy took their things to their dorm rooms. I was going to see Dorothy for dinner but she wanted a little time to settle back in, so I went for a short walk. I headed towards the library and then went down to Coy Pond, where I took a few pictures. I like the shape of this tree, as well as the drama of the clouds in this picture.

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Dorothy and Some Friends

Dorothy, Winnie, Amir, Emiko, Debbie, and Carter

Dorothy, Winnie, Amir, Emiko, Debbie, and Carter

We weren’t going to spend a week visiting Dorothy at school and not meet some of her friends. That’s mostly what we did today, hanging out at our hotel and doing a little shopping until the later afternoon. Then we met various groups of Dorothy’s friends. This is one of a few group pictures that I took the help me remember names and put them to faces as Dorothy talks about people she is hanging out or doing things with over the course of the semester. I didn’t get pictures of everyone she talks about, but what I have will be a big help to me. I’m hopeless when it comes to names.

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Coy Pond from Lane Student Center

Coy Pond from Lane Student Center

We had a pretty busy day today. We drove up to New Hampshire to visit Dorothy’s cousin, Abba. She graduated from school last spring and has decided to stay in the area. We had a nice lunch and visited her apartment and studio. Thanks, Abba, for putting up with us. we really enjoyed it.

A busy day, but not without some relaxation thrown in. We enjoyed a visit to another cemetery, this one not as old but much larger than the one in Rockport that we saw yesterday. We also had time for a leisurely walk.

Gordon Campus from Across Coy Pond

Gordon Campus from Across Coy Pond

Back in Wenham, on the Gordon campus, Cathy and I had a bit of time before Dorothy was going to be ready to go out to dinner. We walked around the two ponds nearest to the campus buildings. First we walked around Gull Pond, which is the “swimming” pond (and there was a man swimming, in fact). We still had time so we walked around the larger Coy pond, which has marshy banks. The first picture here is from near Lane Student Center. Coy pond is quite beautiful, especially now as the leaves are beginning to turn. It has lilies growing throughout most of it.

The second photo is from near the northeast corner of the pond, looking back towards the building of the campus. It may not be the prettiest campus in the world but it’s certainly quite lovely. We enjoyed our walk and capped off the evening with Nick’s Roast Beef with Dorothy, along with two hometown friends, Porter and Hannah.

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Dorothy and Emiko

Dorothy and Emiko

If you’ve been following my posts, then you know that we drove up to Gordon College to drop Dorothy off, or more precisely to bring her things, because she was already up here. She had a good time camping and canoeing for a week and a half and among the people she met was this young woman named Emiko. When you move into a new situation with all new people, it’s never easy to predict who you will end up being friends with, but this friendship seems off to a good start. Later we met her parents, as well. Making friends can be hard, particularly for those of us who are a bit reserved and who are not good at small talk. But somehow it happens. I don’t really know how, but it happens.

Dorothy and Cathy

Dorothy and Cathy

Cathy and I went to a breakfast gathering this morning and met the school president (among others). Then, between that and lunch time, Cathy, Dorothy, and I took a walk around the pond that is right behind a few of the campus buildings. On the way to the pond, we stopped for this picture in front of a rose mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos). The pond itself is quite lovely, with a lot of water lilies growing on it and boggy land (if you can call it ‘land’) around much of it. The pictures I took don’t really do it justice. The sky was a light, slate, gray, so colors were subdued. On a day with blue sky and scattered clouds it would be better.

Dorothy, Gordon College Freshman

Dorothy, Gordon College Freshman

In the late afternoon there was a signing ceremony. All incoming students sign a document as an indication of their desire to attend the school (or something). Anyway, after that was what we dubbed, ‘the crying time.’ This is when parents are asked to leave. Before we went to our car, which was parked at the other end of campus, we went to the school sign at the main entrance (behind the chapel) and took some pictures. This one only has Dorothy in it. We took more, with three other students who Dorothy had gone to school with in years past. After that, Cathy and I headed off and Dorothy’s college career had begun.

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A. J. Gordon Memorial Chapel

A. J. Gordon Memorial Chapel

A. J. Gordon Memorial Chapel

As mentioned in yesterday’s post, we drove up to Gordon College today with Dorothy’s things. We got there before she did, having no significant traffic issues until we got to Boston, when everything came more or less to a standstill. If not for those last sixty miles, we’ve have been very happy. Still, we checked into our hotel and had time for dinner before going to the campus.

She had been camping and canoeing in the Adirondacks for ten or eleven days so she would not thank me if I were to post a picture of her from that evening (although she looked fine, actually). While we were waiting for the campers/students to arrive, I took a few pictures of the campus. This is the A. J. Gordon Memorial Chapel. That’s Adoniram Judson Gordon (1836–1895) the founder of Gordon College and nearby Gordon–Conwell Theological Seminary.

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Off To College

Car Packed, Ready to Go

Car Packed, Ready to Go

It’s time. Dorothy has finished her gap year and had a good time working with the youth at 4th church this summer. But a week an a half ago we took her to the airport and she flew off for 10 days of canoeing and camping on the Raquette River and nearby lakes in the Adirondacks of upstate New York. Tomorrow, she returns and we are to meet her at the school which will be her home away from home for the next four years. She had everything packed and ready before she left and all that remained was for me to load it into the car. I was happy that it went into the smaller car and we didn’t have to take the minivan.

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