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Deja Vu

by Kay~Kacey on 5/25/2008

Deja Vu…well besides being the name of a great bar when I was in college….

I was having a deja vu type of week last week while visiting the campus of Mizzou. I went to college at Mizzou (Go Tigers!). When I went back there a few years ago with my son when he was registering for classes, it was like waves of memories washed over me…twisted in with the realization I had walked these streets everyday for 4 years. The same streets my son was soon to walk every day. It was like our lives had folded together and our paths had interwoven in some weird way.

mizzou jesse hall

Mizzou is a pretty campus…even more so now than I was there. They’ve done a great job prettying up the campus. They’ve also done a great job with their expansion projects, tying them in to the existing older architecture. Mizzou has a “red campus” (old red brick campus) like this shot of Jesse Hall–their administration building and a “white campus” white limestone buildings.

student union Mizzou

Here is the student union, the “entrance” to the white campus. This pretty walkway up to the union used to be an old torn up street when I went to school there.

Here is the “landmark” that Mizzou is known for. The Columns in the quad.

University of Missouri Columbia columns

This is all that is left of the original Academic Hall at Mizzou. It burned down in 1892.

My Great Aunt Verena (love and adore the name Verena) went to Mizzou. About 80-90 years ago if I’m doing the math right. One of the few women on campus at that time. I have an old black and white photo she gave me of the columns back from when she went to school.

It just seems a bit weird, in a good way, to think of the history of this college and our family. SuperGuy went to Mizzou his last two years of college too. So we have a lot of history wrapped up in it. Now, in August, my youngest one, The Impish One will start college at Mizzou too. I sometimes get in a weird place when I’m walking around the campus now. Trapped between two worlds. For just a brief flash, I’m 20 again and reliving my college days.

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Kate May 25, 2008 at 7:28 am

Good memories. Nice that you all have a common thread. Very beautiful school.

annbb May 25, 2008 at 7:51 am

I wonder if our paths ever crossed all those years ago. I remember Deja Vu well – better than my parents would have liked me to at the time. Though I grew up in Columbia, I was a traitor and went to KU. What years were you in school there?

Christine May 25, 2008 at 9:27 am

That is a beautiful school! Many blessed years for your Impish One there!

Treasia May 25, 2008 at 11:04 am

What a beautiful school you attended. Maybe somewhere along those paths your past self will run into your son and he will just have this feeling of deja vu himself.

Shimmy Mom May 25, 2008 at 11:54 am

What wonderful memories and a great family tradition. That IS a beautiful campus!

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