Today is Day 1 of Sorority Recruitment at the University of Kentucky. I remember that jam-packed, overwhelming day like it was yesterday. But it's been slightly longer than just a few days or few years since I experienced that pivotal moment. In fact, it's been a decade. Ten years, folks. Ten. Whole. Years. since I woke up for my first morning living on Big Blue Nation's campus.
I simply can't believe how fast the time has flown. The memories made. The season of life has come and gone, yet leaves many fond memories, cherished forever friendships, life lessons learned, and t-shirts.....yes, many many t-shirts. Many of which I have hung on to because I simply can't let them go - after all, they were the staple of my college wardrobe.
Not only does the realization of ten years passing since this significant event in my life bring obvious reason for reflecting and reminiscing, I have smiled even more so knowing that a very special person is going through the same thing today. You see, she was only 8 years old when I had this experience in the early 2000's. And now the time has come for my beautiful, smart and talented first-cousin Allie!
Yes, I know, she's gorgeous! And she's super sweet too! There's no doubt in my mind how I would love for her to become my "sister" as well. However, I'm not being forceful on that - after all, I want her to choose the best sorority for her (although I won't say I'm not wishfully hoping for a certain set of letters!).
I have probably been bugging the heck out of her with my frequent text messages checking in on the day....and I have also stalked her Facebook profile just in case I could catch a glimpse at any part of her experience - and she and her roomie are adorable in their dorm room (which happens to be at the same university, in the same dormitory, and on the same floor that I lived in)! While Allie made these decisions for herself and some were by "chance," I simply can't help but thank God for this sweet divine moment that I'm feeling as I know just what Allie is feeling, thinking, and seeing at this very moment. :)
Seriously, I'm just beside myself with excitement for her! Streams of tears (happy sentimental tears, that is) roll down my cheeks as I type this post.....so proud of Allie and her many accomplishments, excited that she's going through UK's recruitment week, knowing that her life will be changed forever in a matter of just a few days. It's about all I can do not to jump in my car and drive to Lexington, KY and sit on her little twin bed in her shared dorm room and laugh with her and cry with her and ask her so many questions about her first days as a college student....all while trying to impart some wisdom from my own experience.
I also think how my own experience did not include text messaging (let alone a smartphone), no digital camera, nor Facebook.....goodness, the dorm wasn't even "wireless" - I remember how impressive the "ethernet" was compared to the slow speeds of my family's internet service in rural KY. All this makes me laugh as I feel so old!
My heart is swelling with excitement and thankfulness of my own experience and the start of Allie's collegiate years still to come!
Gotta go.....just heard a text message come through! :)