April 23, 2002
She paused for a moment, startled at the least out of her 'meet the public' smooth manners. "You're all grown up," she said with wonder. She meets alumni all the time, all around the country, seeing the adult version of the college student must be a frequent experience, why did I startle her? Recent graduates are still fresh in one's memory, and often are just better dressed. Older graduates are often materially altered, and the original memory more deeply buried. After nearly 20 years, I do appear much the same and my coloring probably makes the memory easier to locate.