The View from Fairview

p1018145_small.jpgInstead of patrolling the campus I am gamboling in the mountains. Instead of exploring the beginning intricacies of differentials, or refining my understanding of objects in Python, I am cutting all of my classes to spend a long weekend with my wife’s family. Congregated here, in a large house, we have travelled from Iowa and Indiana and South Carolina for the nearly annual convocation (in lieu of Christmas). The niece is an astonishing 15, the nephew an even more amazing 12.

It’s nice to be reminded that there is life outside of school; that there are normal people doing normal things; that the pressures of their lives are as omnipresent as mine. I spend all day wrapped up in my own little section of life……this reminds me that it is a very small section indeed.

I feel better already.

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1 Response to “The View from Fairview”


  1. 1 Becky November 1, 2007 at 10:04 pm

    I hope you had a nice break. I’ve been a bit MIA from checking blogs as of late – thankfully it’s due to travelling, not from studying calculus 🙂


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