Summer of Fun

by Tabitha Kidwell

I’ve been home since July 2, and it has been a whirlwind of activity! Almost everyday, I’ve met friends for lunch and dinner, or maybe coffee, drinks, or a run. I went to a bunch of doctor’s appointments and took care of all my visa paperwork. I went to visit my Aunt Leslie & Uncle Tom in Tennessee, my Aunt Erin in West Virginia, and my Dad and step-mom in East Lansing. I hung out with my sister when she was home visiting. I got together with some of my former KMS students. I went up to Kelley’s Island last weekend with my college roommates and we attempted to re-live our college partying days. I went to a Columbus Clippers game, the Ohio State fair, Gallery Hop, Grandview Café Trivia, the UA 4th of July parade AND the Doo Dah Parade. I’ve spent time with my mom and my grandma. It’s been an amazing summer, and I’m so lucky to have a few weeks where all I really need to do is spend time with the people I love.

But now it’s August, and reality is sinking in. All my plans for the summer have happened now. I only have this week here, then I go to DC for a week of orientation, then I’m back just for one weekend, and then I leave. I just got my plane ticket for my departure on August 20th. I’ve started putting stuff in piles to get ready to pack. The Summer of Fun is coming to an end, and at the moment, I’m really sad that I have to leave my friends and family to go back to the other side of the world. When I was leaving her in Greece, my friend Libby said “I hate the way time works, how you look forward to something for so long, and then it happens so quickly.” That’s what I’m feeling now. I spent all year looking forward to coming home and thinking about all the things I wanted to do while I was home, and now it has all flown by.

Of course, the past month has basically been limbo – I’m between things, and just here for a visit. People are thrilled to see me because we haven’t seen each other all year, but if I lived here, it would be no big deal. The summer of fun isn’t exactly real life. I know that I want to go back to Indonesia, and I know I’ll be happy once I get there, meet the new people in my program, and start working on the projects that I have planned for the year. And then I’ll have something else to look forward to. And it will end, too… and that’s how life works. I guess I’m lucky to have to many exciting experiences and wonderful people in my life. I just wish time would slow down so I could enjoy it all a little bit longer.

At MCL with my brother Mark and my Nana Bets

Out for drinks with Maggie, Ann, and Debbie

Kelley’s Island with my college roommates: Erin, Tess, Michelle, Ashley, and me

At the Columbus Clipper’s Game

On the ledge at Graeters with some former students

The chocolate farm at the Ohio State Fair

At Dolly Sods Wilderness with my Nana Bets

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