Despite all the joking, pranks, and my lack of ability in physics, I was a really good student in my other classes. I was also majoring in English along with the math. Since I was studying two subjects which don't usually go together (that whole right brain/left brain thing) my classes were ALL over campus.
I received the privilege of inhabiting buildings old and new, large and small. I had the chance to attend classes in buildings over 100 years old. Those were the ones that held my attention and fed the history buff in me. Today we're going on a bit of an exploration to one of them.
The moment I opened the door to what was now the statistics building, I could scent the history of all those years in a way that touched me. Not musty - but old paper, old machines still in use, it was the sum of thousands up thousands of people going up and down those amazing stairs, caressing that wooden rail with the brass fixtures, which now is narrower and has a patina.
The inlaid marble stairs were indented. The impact of all those feet had worn deep marks into the design. In places the big diamond outlining the pattern was just gone, little by little, until only a slight side or small corner remained. No longer bright and shiny, the stairs were to most people just the stairs.
"There's no elevator to the third floor? Isn't that illegal?"
Hurrying by, on their rushed way, they miss it. I just stopped and watched. I super-imposed a scene - men dressed in suits and with hats, ladies in dresses and heels and the stockings with the seam in back. (The building had once been utilized in a public, commercial way, and I'd seen pictures in the library archives, though that's a different story, and I will tell it.) It had been converted from offices to classrooms for our use.
I know I'm weird - math, words, history - but I love it all. Climbing those stairs to the top floor, I thought about someone coming in another time, and seeing the imprint even further into those stairs, only my feet helped make that impact. One step at a time, we add our bit to the history, whether we appreciate it or not.
What "gets" you? Are you into history? Does a brand new building make you want to check out whatever the latest and greatest is in design? Do you see if they're using "green" building products?
P.S Some of you saw two posts Friday. I had written a totally whiny post about my health again, but had decided against it and to focus on my anniversary. I forgot to delete the old one. Sorry about that. Operator error. Unstable blogger ;-)
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Episode 1: Rommmates
Episode 1: Rommmates