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Watkins Scholarship Hall

My past and her future met at the door

Of a house that I left in ’84 and she had never seen.

Helpful hands and smiling faces welcomed us and made us feel

At home.

Familiar columns, desk and stairways, the sleeping porch and kitchens held

Memories of so much laughter, uncertainty, tears, friendship, experiences shared

And the promise of the same and more for her.

We visited each room and then I saw it among the images

Of women stretching back through years and generations.

Posing on the sun porch, familiar faces and some forgotten,

Spirits blessing those here and now

In this grand old house.

Written after dropping my daughter off at college; she lived in the same house I had lived in 30 years before.

Photo courtesy of  Read more about Elizabeth Watkins and Watkins Scholarship Hall here.


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. cindy knoke
    Oct 20, 2012 @ 20:53:22

    Oh how touching!


  2. cindy knoke
    Oct 20, 2012 @ 20:58:07

    Dang, what a dolt I am! I just noticed on leaving, is this in Lawrence at KU? If so who is your daughter and when did you drop her off? (you don’t have to answer this! 🙂 My daughter and soon to be son in law just got their respective Masters at KU. Graduated and moved back to California in June. My husband, born in Iowa City, went to kindergarden in Lawrence while his dad was visiting prof there for a year from UofI. Loved Lawrence! What a special, pretty town & what a SMALL WORLD! Glad we met.
    Cheers to you!


    • puravida
      Oct 21, 2012 @ 08:24:18

      Wow! It really is a small world! I studied Journalism at KU from 1981-1984 and couldn’t seem to leave Lawrence until 1992. And my daughter Leslie is currently studying Industrial Design at KU. Lawrence and KU are very special and it was so moving to go back and visit after many years.


      • puravida
        Oct 21, 2012 @ 08:30:45

        Cindy, the next time you visit Lawrence, try to locate Watkins. It’s a house with columns (and 49 residents…), near the Chancellor’s house on campus. Lilac Lane is hidden next to Danforth Chapel and it’s especially beautiful when the lilacs bloom.


  3. Living Success 3D
    Oct 21, 2012 @ 06:37:05



  4. Jane Fritz
    Oct 21, 2012 @ 07:30:58

    What a special bond.


    • puravida
      Oct 21, 2012 @ 08:27:04

      It’s very special. First we discovered the group pic of my housemates in the 80’s and then she found the annual scrapbooks in the attic! I was rediscovering my 20-year-old self and my daughter was getting to know her for the first time.


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