Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Spring Break

Well I didn’t engage in any of the “typical” spring break activities this year.  I suppose I did go a little bit south, because geographically Iowa is at a lower latitude than Michigan, but not by much, and it’s certainly no warmer.  I didn’t go on a Service-Learning Center trip like I did last year.  Lots of Calvin students participate in those, and they’re good trips to do.

Each year Calvin’s Service-Learning Center sponsors a number of student-led and student-organized service trips over spring break.  The intent is not simply to serve, but to learn from the community you are engaging with for a week.  Last year I was the student leader on a trip to Rehoboth, New Mexico where we did trail repair work in Red Rock State Park.  Unfortunately, it was a cold week, but we still got a lot of rocks hauled from one end of the canyon to the other.

But that was last year.  This year, I am home.  Like many of my friends, I abandoned the idea of a spring break trip to any place that would require planning or money and chose instead to spend a week sleeping in my own bed, eating my mom’s home-cooking, seeing a few friends from high school, and basically just relaxing.  Sure, there are a few demands on my time.  I’m going to get my religion paper finished so that I don’t have that hanging over my head when school starts up again next Monday.  I also intend to watch “Fiddler on the Roof” while drinking home made hot chocolate.  Life is rough. 
For the first time since school started I rode home with people I know well.  I’ve ridden with a girl from southern Minnesota a number of times, so I’ve gotten to know her, but this time I rode with girls from my floor.  We had great conversation, listened to fun music, and stopped at a Cracker Barrel along the way for a bathroom/shopping break.  We didn’t actually buy anything, but it was fun to look at the various decorations and foods they had for sale.  We indulged in their handmade rocking chairs, too.

Two of the girls I rode with are international students and had never seen the Mississippi River before, so crossing into Iowa was pretty exciting.  The other girl, the driver, is actually from my home town, and interestingly enough, she’s my suitemate.  (That means we share a bathroom.  Me and my two roommates and her and her roommate all have a bathroom together, and it’s situated between our two rooms.)  There are three people from Cedar Rapids, Iowa at Calvin, and two of us are suitemates.  Stranger things have happened, but we particularly enjoy this oddity. 
So now I’m home.  I’ve gone out for breakfast and to the Cedar Rapids St. Patrick’s Day Parade (put on by none other than the SaPaDaPaSo - does any other town call their Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Society that?) with my dad, gone shopping with my mom, and out for coffee with two friends.  And that’s it.  Ah, spring break.

Posted by Emily MacLeod on 03/20 at 11:45 AM
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