In an email exchange with a friend, she described this moment as a “nexus point,” a time to take stock of things and identify what to keep and what to leave in Oklahoma. Since arriving, driving around the campus, I’ve felt very little connection with OBU. I realize now that that’s a gift. OBU was an important place for me 30 years ago, but I’m a different person now. OBU is a different place. And that is just fine. I can be grateful for what I received and move on.
Even so, I am apprehensive about how I will be received by my OBU friends…will they remember me? I suspect they will remember me, but will they remember me with fondness?