Today is Rebecca St. James’ birthday. She is 20-years-old.
Orientation is not quite over. How exciting this age is. How exciting these days are. To join together with four hundred people your own age, and to live in such a small, personal space with those individuals and their eyes who are striving and longing for that same goal.
My Lees-McRae College story has only one year left. I can only tell my story as I experienced it. I can tell no one else’s. And after this year, that story will be complete; well, at least the story of my official time as a student will be complete. Then, I will begin a new story in a new place and there I will join with other eyes who are seeking the same goal.
And after that, I do not believe this type of life will ever happen again. Well, maybe in an old folks home. Wouldn’t it be great if Dan, Allen, Vince, and Curtis and I all ended up in the same old folks home several decades from now!
But as for today, I feel as though Lees-McRae is mine. I feel as though Banner Elk is mine. I feel is it my job to love and care for the people here.
Jeanine went home for the weekend, so Kristina, the little 11-year-old girl Jeanine is here to look after, was alone. After Forever Plaid last night, which I watched with Sherlive, Kristina, plus tons of other people like Marisa, her brother Mason, Ann-Marie, Tracey, etc., all just played around in the lobby. Around one o’clock in the morning, everyone left except for Kristina. I don’t think she wanted to be alone. So, I told her I’d stay with her. I slept in her room on Jeanine’s bed. We fell asleep while watching The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
I awoke this morning to see Kristina sound asleep. Another set of eyes. Another name. Another soul. Just a little girl, like Veronica, like Jenna, like Tenielle, and like Hannah. Perhaps God has brought so many young girls into my life to teach me that every woman I will ever meet…well, part of her will always be that little girl; that little girl that just wants to be loved and protected and reminded that she isn’t alone.