I went to the Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library at Southeastern today. What a strange experience! I used to go to the library quite often, before I relied so heavily on the internet, before I got so busy with so many other things, before I got too old and tired to walk so many steps and climb so many stairs. Of course the library does have an elevator, and of course the door got stuck at least once today. Some things never change.
But some things have changed immensely. I remember spending many, many hours in the library doing research, studying with friends, finding books required by professors. The layout and décor have changed so much that for a few moments I thought I was in a different place. Thank goodness that creaky old elevator put me at ease.
The library was quiet today, even for summer. But I saw some familiar faces on campus and even spoke with one of my former teachers.
Gary and I are going to see “The Comedy of Errors” Friday night. Its part of The Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival and even that represents change for me. It’s in the “new theater”. I didn’t even know there was a new theater.
I drove through the middle of the new dorms to get to the other side of campus and look at the new theater building. More changes everywhere.
I guess I’m not a very good alumnus. Other than our teachers’ meetings in the Bloomer Sullivan building, I had not been on campus in years. Today I truly felt more like a “visitor” than a returning student.