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Do You Find It Hard To Imagine That an Important Place Continues, After You Leave?

Do You Find It Hard To Imagine That an Important Place Continues, After You Leave?

"I didn't entirely like this glossy new surface, because it made the school look like a museum, and that's exactly what it was to me, and what I did not want it to be. In the deep, tacit way in which feeling becomes stronger than thought, I had always felt that the Devon School came into existence the day I entered it, was vibrantly real while I was a student there, and then blinked out like a candle the day I left."

-- John Knowles, A Separate Peace

One of my children's literature reading groups is reading A Separate Peace, and I certainly know the feeling described here -- that it's hard to imagine these institutions, that we experience so intensely, continuing on their way once we're gone.

I get this feeling a lot when I go back to Yale Law School. Many things are the same, many things are different...and it's hard to imagine that it's all happening, while I'm far away.

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