Coming back

“time past and time future
what might have been and what has been
point to one end, which is always present.”

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On the weekend we found ourselves in the vicinity of our old alma mater – the University of Melbourne. We decided to stroll through the old Law quadrangle, explaining to our girls that yes, we were allowed to just wander in, and see here, this is where Mummy and Daddy used to have lunch before they were married. There is a particular set of wooden benches near the quadrangle where a group of us used to meet once a week for lunch. It is exactly the same as it was 20 years ago. Even the plants surrounding the benches seem to be the same height and shape and type. So much effort to keep things the same.

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We wandered under the stone arches of the old Law buildings, surprising a wedding dress photography shoot, and roamed the paths that we used to walk to and from classes. We didn’t get lost because nothing externally has changed. I attended university pre iPhone, Facebook, Twitter, blogs….Hopefully inside the buildings ideas and thoughts have kept up with our gadgets.

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“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”

― Terry PratchettA Hat Full of Sky (Discworld, #32)

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