Rivers and Roads

Posted on May 15, 2012 in Other | 4 Comments

There was a moment tonight at Mars Hill when I walked through Fifty6, gave dozens of hugs and high fives, captured photos and memories with countless people, and then walked past the foursquare court full of preteens calling me back to them and I turned and waved and said I had to go down to The.element. I walked away from Fifty6. For the last time.

And The.element was no better. More hugs, more high fives, more tears.

A student and I would make eye contact. We would stop. I would look them in the eye, place my hands on their shoulder, and tell them how I’ve seen them grow and how proud I am of the woman or man they have become and are becoming.

More high fives. More hugs. More tears.

The end-of-year celebration ended, students left, and our team of interns and residents were left. At my request – I was just begging for more tears at this point – JLee put one song on repeat as we cleaned up and sat on the couches outside my office together, a dozen of us simultaneously rejoicing that the year was done and refusing to believe it could be true. And we all sang this song:


  1. Aaron Vince
    May 16, 2012

    Last night was the first time I’d heard this song. This morning I started arranging it for Euphoria to be performed in next year’s set. Love it.

    • Jim Kast-Keat
      May 16, 2012

      Nice! It is definitely my current fav. I wonder if it will ever stop making me weepy. (Probably not.)

  2. Julie Keat
    May 17, 2012

    Life’s changes seem huge, actually monumental, especially to those you leave behind. Friendships are rivers and roads because you can always jump back on and it’s just like you never left (kind of). We have left friends several times, and reconnecting with them, especially in Marshalltown, seems like we pick up where we left off last time.
    Remember where you are going.

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