Thursday, July 15, 2010
I’ve been sitting at my computer for some time, trying to keep my mind focused on work. However, it continues to drift back toward my travels this week to Harlaxton College, in England for a 30 year reunion. I arrived home Sunday evening, June 11th and I have been unable to concentrate on anything as the Harlaxton magic continues to pull my thoughts its way. Thank goodness a good friend talked me into attending because it truly was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. It seemed so peaceful and the cares of our adult world fell away as we all became 21 again, even if for a short time. Just yesterday I sat at the table looking at Pikes Peak and thinking I am the luckiest girl in the world. Great friends, family, and career!
During this trip, we made visits around the Grantham area, then spent about four days in London and one day in Paris. However, for me the best was the time spent at Harlaxton, walking the grounds, and soaking up the manor’s majesty and breathtaking beauty.
Reliving vivid memories, and thinking about people who made my time there, so wonderful 30 years ago. This reunion became another chapter which extended my time at Harlaxton. I can’t say enough about how 30 years just seemed to melt away and it seemed like it had only been 3 days since we had last seen one another. Truly magic! It was great to see that same awe and wonder in the eyes of everyone who was there.
Every evening we took long walks down the drive or to the village pond and just walked and talked reconnecting and getting to know perhaps some we didn’t know as well, but got to know better this time. Some mornings we didn’t get back to our room until 3:00 a.m.! When was the last time any of us did that?
I will be forever grateful for my time at Harlaxton as I have been shaped and molded into the person I am as a result of this incredible experience. I was reminded that the manor holds its mystical spell over us and it is the people who made and make it such a wonderful experience. Hopefully, those who didn’t make it this time will be on for Evansville next April and Turkey in 2012. It will be an awesome time!