Tuesday morning, July 5, 2011 -- Stephen and I arrived at Unity House with our two dogs, Heather and Keeper. Within what seemed like just a few minutes, Stephen was in his office and on-task with presidential duties, keeping Unity College on its path of continuous improvement. Read about his vision for the college here in his Welcome.
Meanwhile, I got busy unpacking, with the occasional break to step outside into the warm summer air.
I grew up in Massachusetts, soNew England feels like home to me. Outside Unity House, native and ornamental plants in the gardens and meadow edges greeted me with their familiar colors, textures and scents. The lupine and peony blossoms were spent and gone to seed when we arrived; daylilies, coneflowers, goldenrod, daisies, and Queen Anne’s Lace bloomed. As I write this blog entry at the end of July, sedums and asters are now beginning to bud, and the late summer promises a generous harvest.
After three weeks of traveling here from Idaho by way of Tennessee and Florida, Heather and Keeper may have forgotten what “home” meant. But they adapted cheerfully, sharing their enthusiasm for the trails and ponds and streams around the Unity College campus. One surprise that helped the dogs to feel at home was the discovery of over a dozen bones hidden around the yard by their canine predecessor, Mitch and Cindy’s dog Paco. Even the dogs are practicing the Three R's: reduce, reuse and recycle
Now that we’ve unpacked our bags, the best part of acclimating to Unity -- the house, the college and the community -- begins: meeting the students, faculty, staff and community members who can tell us about their experiences in this special place.