Tuesday, May 13, 2008


Tomorrow I am getting on a plane and flying to Minneapolis. I hate the journey to the airport but I love when the doors to the plane close and we take off. I know I’ll be home soon.

This trip is a pretty big one. Mom is graduating with a Masters degree in something that I don’t understand and took her about three sentences to explain to me and I still don’t get it. I think it has something to do with education and community development. Needless to say, I am incredibly proud of her. If I recall correctly this is actually her first graduation. I could be wrong but I don’t think she walked in High School or for either one of her Bachelor’s degrees. This is a pretty big deal and I am so glad I get to be there.

I love Minneapolis. It’s a great time of year to be there. It would be better in about a month but this will do. The city is beautiful and I can’t help but smile as I drive around and see all the green and the blue. They weren’t kidding when they called Minnesota the land of 10,000 lakes. Even though there is a big old lake on the East side of Chicago I don’t get the same watery satisfaction here that I do at home. It’s a serene place.

I’ll hang with the family, see some friends, and relax as much as possible. It should be a good couple days. Sometimes I wish that Minneapolis was as close as Evanston but most of the time I am glad of where it is because I can truly go away and still feel at home.

1. I know I should get next to you/ You’ve got a look that made me think you’re cool/ But it’s just sexual attraction/ Not something real so I’d rather keep wackin’. Why Bother, Weezer. Identified by Monica

2. Now for all ya’ll who ain’t heard of me/ Mr. M-O-E the Barre Baby/ I’m a South Side living legend/ A third ward /bone hard/ Street veteran

3. Oh Baby Baby how was I supposed to know/ That something wasn’t right here/ Oh Baby Baby I shouldn’t have let you go. Baby One More Time, Britney Spears. Identified by Brooke.

4. Make of our hands one hand/ Make of our hearts one heart/ Make of our vows one last vow/ Only death will part us now. One Hand One Heart, West Side Story. Identified by Mom.

5. They sentenced me to twenty years of boredom/ For trying to change the system from within/ I’m coming now I’m coming to reward them


Mom said...

Gee, if I can't explain my degree in a way that a person as smart as you can understand, I guess I flunk!

I'm getting a master's degree in youth development leadership from the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. That's a mouthful for sure. The program develops students as leaders in the field of youth development, which looks at learning holistically and embraces community and culture as vital to understanding and working with youth. http://cehd.umn.edu/YDL/prospective.html

I can hardly wait to see you!

#4 is One Hand, One Heart from West Side Story. You are such a sappy romantic.

Monica said...

1. why bother - weezer
have fun! see you sunday

Anonymous said...

Wow, congratulations to your Mom! Hope you have a good trip.

Brooke said...

Congratulations Beth! Have fun Friend!

3 is Baby One More Time, but whether it's Britney Spears, Marilyn Manson or Travis is anyone's guess.

Mom said...

Thanks, Brooke and Citizen!

We had a great time. I miss Natalie already, of course.