There seems to be a confluence of mystic energy at the farm this week: not one, but THREE of our previous interns showed up for a few days. Ronit, who was with us two years ago, is going to UMass. This is her fourth post-visit. Caroline is a wildlife biology major at Colorado College. She spent last summer with us, left, then came back for a couple weeks. Now she’s back again. And Ella drove up from CT to hang out with us for three weeks before she starts to think about going back to UMaine. Ella’s a repeat offender. I’ve lost track of how many times she’s showed up (5 or 6, I think).
The concept of future time is still a bit nebulous to these young 20-somethings. Caroline gave us two weeks’ notice, Ella four days, and Ronit 6 hours. I once counted an extra car in the driveway as I headed out to the barn one morning. Turned out it was Ella, who had, on a whim, decided to visit.
As we’ve told them many times, come visit whenever they want. Our home is always open for them. And to borrow a phrase, “We’ll leave the light on for you.”
(Or we would if they’d let us know they were coming).