Things I’ll Miss

I’m leaving alarmingly soon.  Ergo, an uncharacteristically sentimental post.

  1. Driving to school towards the rising sun and Mt. Index, peeking through the trees, on early fall/late spring mornings, windows down, music up.
  2. My teachers.  They’re not just teachers: they’re mentors, Christians, cheerleaders, friends.
  3. Cross country and track.  The coaches who have been so much more than just coaches; talking about nothing and everything on the van rides with the girls’ team; the long meets; the feeling of lying on the infield in the sun after a 1600m; the practices (yes, even intervals); the feeling of collapsing into someone’s arms at the end of a race, teammates who; though sometimes few in number, have pulled me through so much.
  4. Being able to talk about God/faith in an academic environment that’s not composed of stereotypical “academia”.
  5. Knowing the area well enough that I can plan pretty much any conceivable running route to the minute.
  6. My peers.  I didn’t value them as much as I should have for the past thirteen years, and I’m sorry for that, but at least it made me eventually realize exactly how valuable they are.
  7. Scaled, non-curved grading.  Hello, Chemistry 111A; bye-bye, happy GPA…
  8. Smells: the cross country tent on the grass of some golf course covered in morning dew; my car; the whiff of my friends’ laundry detergent that I get when I hug them; the school; the bio/chem lab at school; track season (Tiger Balm + sweaty spikes + artificial turf + something mysterious).
  9. Redemption Church.  After three years of pretty much being church-less and about eight particularly challenging months this year, thanks for living, not just preaching, Christianity.
  10. Club Northwest’s 12k’s of Christmas.  By far my favorite road race so far.  Silly schedule.
  11. Hills and mountains and trees.

To be continued

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