Officially summer on the calendar but nothing like Back-to-School to bring it to a close. Summer vacation has been wonderful. Relaxing and lots of time with the family. Reading a book, flipping through a magazine, lazing about on the hammock, getting things done or not. Fresh sliced tomatoes with salt and pepper. Summer’s grand.
Then school started with meetings and room set up and although it was a short week of actual teaching(2 days), the back to school feeling is in earnest and a new cycle has begun
A bit hot and muggy tonight from the rain, I can’t hear the cicadas but the change of season is impending. The earlier sunsets. Something about the feel of the air. Today we saw swarms of students shopping for wastebaskets and bedding, eating ice cream as they crossed the street. The city has a different feel since they’ve returned to campuses.
I converted both images to black and white to unify them for the thought of swimming in summer and then a different pool, just drained for the season. You get ideas. Some work. Some don’t.
Swimming at Aunt Linda’s neighbor’s pool-
St. Basils on Brownsville Road in the background. Phillips Park Pool in Carrick. Shot at the Corn Festival.
It’s happening all over the city. Across the state, throughout the country. I hear CMU freshman arrived on Monday and Tuesday it was the University of Pittsburgh (no one except out-of-towners call it University of Pittsburgh ) PITT is it! It’s the annual start of school. Freshmen arrive on campus and families assist, haul the stuff, then embrace and say,” good-bye!” You see them in the linens aisle at Target, waiting for a bus, walking down city sidewalks in a large group.
I pulled over to the curb and put the flashers on along with a line of cars with car-top carriers and U-Haul trucks and trailers. Got out and documented the occasion. Met a few nice and enthusiastic people on my way home from school. Mr. Vincent told of a little brother hugging his older sister and didn’t want to let go. You get teared up witnessing the partings. The unbelievable traffic and students arriving will be on television news, the wild moving-in scene. More than 7500 freshman I was told. That’s a lot of people! T-shirt sales were brisk on the corner. A beautiful day filled with mixed emotions. I dedicate this post to my dear friend G and her daughter S who’s a brand new freshman in another state!!! Laura told me today that she started college TEN years ago. I remember taking her like it was yesterday. And S.G. who used to babysit Mark and Matthew is taking two of her own kids back to school, dragging a futon and laundry baskets and who knows what. I love the carting off of the broken down boxes photo. And Michael starts his first day of KINDERGARTEN Wednesday morning, Anna the second grade. I am sure many of these parents were thinking about those milestones as they brought their children to college!
Alex and her mom, Dalia, from Philadelphia area (Newtown Square) graciously allowed me to document the moving process.
Mr. Mike Vincent, Pitt Class of 1977 (Criminal Justice) is now the guard of the Cathedral of Learning.