Exactly five years ago, I graduated from the University of Mount Union. My best friend Dawn, Nan Wang (an old friend), and my favorite cousin (sorry to the other cousins) Bella were helping me pack my belongings from my apartment that I had on campus to move back to my mother’s home (where I would be for another two years before I set out on my own). Leah Scott, an older friend, was there, too. Leah, Dawn, and Bella all became best friends then. I remember. Nan and I were in my room finishing the packing and were actually the saddest ones. She was going to miss me. I was going to miss her and the rest of the college. It was a necessary change, but a super big one.
I remember that I was driving my black Madza Millenia ’97 after we finished packing and taking care of other business. Dawn was in the front seat while poor Bella was stuck in the back with all of my belongings. All three of us were happy to listen to Dimmu Borgir’s album, “Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia” on the hour and a half road trip from Alliance, OH to Toronto, OH. Bella was impressed with my musical tastes, as they resemble her own. She is like my little sister, despite us only seeing each other once a years (other than this year. We see each other almost every month or so). I remember Bella bitching about how hungry she was, too, because she kept reminding us about dinner arrangements they made at home without my knowledge. At 5:48 p.m., we had arrived at my mother’s home, where there was food for her. I was too stressed to be THAT hungry, but Dawn was quite happy to eat as well, even though she generally talked about other things to distract my cousin and herself from being hungry. Dawn was also slightly hung-over from the party we had the night before, too. Ah… those were the days.
These are pictures BEFORE I started packing up and going home:
Me with my Uncle Matt
Me with my father
Uncle Chris, Mother, Stepfather, Bella, Dawn, and Nan (left to right)
(Leah was there, but she was more there for another friend of mine, Edward Morton Silvers IV. I lost those pictures, unfortunately.)
Xara Nahara O’Connor
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