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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Roadtrip Upstate

James graduated!
James' graduation
He had a lovely ceremony and we were able to spend a lot of time with his family, friends, and professors; it was everything a graduation day should be.

About mid afternoon, though, reality started to sink back in. We had no time to waste, finishing to pack up his apartment and move him out by the following morning. Stressful and emotional of course, but we got him out in the end. Then it was time to leave.
A little while ago James was accepted to a graduate program upstate, not too far from what you might call my ancestral homeland -- my mother grew up near Syracuse. I've been wanting to introduce James to my family there, so we decided to extend our trip back to Michigan, spending time with my family in New York and looking around the school he was considering. After leaving Poughkeepsie, we overnighted in Schenectady, Baldwinsville, and Buffalo before taking the plunge through Canada and back to the middle of the mitten.
Upstate landscape
Upstate landscape
Upstate landscape
We took the scenic route for some of this time, so I could show James the house my mother grew up in. When I was younger it was also the house that I wanted to inherit, finish, and turn into a kind of family estate and reunion point someday. Unfortunately it didn't work out that way, but I guess my hopes and dreams have changed since then.

What hasn't changed is my love for this area. The rolling hills, the greenery, the lakes, the tiny little towns that exemplify New England. I'm about ready to be done with Massachusetts (for a little while, anyway. As an alumna of Smith I'll never really be finished with Mass.) but I doubt I will ever get to that point with New York.

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