June 1, 2011

You Can Never Go Home Again (Only You Kinda Can)

Over the weekend, the four of us went on a mini road trip. We headed down to Fredericksburg, about an hour outside of Monkeytown. It's where Beth and I went to college, met, lived, worked and played for five years of our lives.

We hit the campus first. Time marches on but surprisingly little changed in the last fifteen years. And the same can be said about the town. Sure, giant strip malls line the major roads and there's an area of town that seems to last for miles comprised only of restaurants and retail stores. But Fredericksburg itself - the old part, the part Washington knew - hadn't changed at all. The music store was right where I left it. The drug store that still sported an actual soda fountain was intact. Our favorite restaurant hangout was still there, still serving the same wonderful meals we'd eaten as poor college students. Our old apartment complex actually looked a little better than it had when we lived there. And there was no Starbucks to be seen.

Inevitably the kids loved most of all. (It's like giving a kid the best toy ever and having him love the box it came in even more.) They unpacked, packed, and unpacked again. Mia even hung her underwear and socks on those hangers with the little clips on them. Every inch of the place had to be explored.

It's true - you can never really go home again. But sometimes the evolution one place is slower than others. And thank god for that.

Posted by Chris at June 1, 2011 7:00 AM

You came to Fredeicksburg and didn't let me know? I'm hurt ;)

Posted by: COD at June 1, 2011 8:15 AM

I took my first-ever trip to Fredericksburg on Saturday! Before then, I'd only passed the exit on I-95 a few hundred times. :) I went to the old part of the city for a wedding (at an Episcopal church) and reception (at Fredericksburg Square). Such a beautiful area! I'd definitely go back.

Posted by: Zandria at June 1, 2011 8:55 AM

My husband and I were in Fredericksburg on Saturday too! We had a very rare kid free weekend and decided to spend it on Caroline Street. Wish I had seen you guys there!

Posted by: Kris H. at June 1, 2011 11:00 AM

Hubby and I are on our way to Middlebury College in VT tomorrow for his 50th college reunion! This time we are staying in the Middlebury Inn, and will enjoy a little bit of atmosphere in the town.

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