Boston. My city. I miss it. I’ve been getting insanely homesick and want to get back, visit my friends, and go out and have a good time. Let’s just say life here in Farmington is, well, different and it’s definitely taking me some time to adjust. I mean, I love my classmates, but still some of my best friends are back in Boston and I miss them. And I miss the nights where CH and I would “have a drink on the Esplanade” and then wind up at Eastern Standard at 2:00am on a Monday (or Tuesday or Wednesday or Thursday) night for $3 shift beers and some late night treats. Hell, I miss just wasting away an entire Saturday bumming around downtown with CH. I miss relaxing with the old roomies out on the porch as the sky turned that purple-orange-pink of a summer sunset. I miss raging to the 80s cover band Fast Times with all my BC friends down by the Garden as the memories of the night began to blur together. And I miss the city. Sure, there are the “fun” parts like the T shutting down early, crazy Red Sox traffic, and stupid, cracked-out BU hipsters, but all in all I love Boston. Over the six years that I spent there during school years, the summers in between, and my couple of years of employment after graduation, the city became my home.
I first left my hometown of Byram, NJ to go to college at BC. I remember visiting the campus for the first time after I was accepted and I was instantly obsessed. Coming from a small high school I hit a point where I wanted to (and needed to) reinvent myself, which is why I moved out of the state and wanted to go to a school where I didn’t know anybody. I wanted a fresh start. I literally wanted to leave everything (but not everyone) behind. In fact, the song “Boston” by Augustana was like my personal anthem, particularly with lyrics like, “I think I’ll go to Boston / I think I’ll start a new life / I think I’ll start it over, where no one knows my name.” I just needed to get out, I needed to challenge myself, and I needed room to grow and to figure out who I was (as cheesy as that sounds). And together BC and Boston allowed me the freedom to become the person I am today.
I remember the moment when I fell head over heels in love with Boston. It was sometime when I was at crew practice and I was out for some reason, so I was put in charge of filming the rest of the guys to check out their rowing technique. But it was early, probably sometime around 6:00am when we reached the basin of the Charles River. The sun was rising above the Prudential and Hancock buildings, and it was absolutely gorgeous. The sun was so bright it was blinding through my sunglasses, and the shimmering yellow-gold-white reflection off the water was breathtaking. Absolutely breathtaking. At that moment I was in love. The Boston skyline was so beautiful right at that moment, how could anyone not love it?
I already have plans to make it back for the weekend of the Head of the Charles to reunite with my old crew buddies and enjoy a weekend of freedom after my first exam. And honestly I can’t wait. It’s the light at the end of my seemingly long-ass tunnel. I’m almost even contemplating going back the weekend before HOCR just to do everything non-crew related and actually be able to go out and visit everyone that I can. But that’s still up in the air, because who knows what sort of celebratory festivities may be occurring that weekend after our first exam down here in CT. But regardless, I’ll be back soon enough.
Oh Boston, how I miss you.
(And Flickr’s being stupid, so here’s the full-size picture of the sunrise I was talking about.)