so, my sophomore year at UM i shared a room with georgette. our floor in west quad had a hallway that was shaped like a "T". in the left pocket of that "T" was our room, a room with friends missy, jen, and jody, and a room of freshmen...melanie and taryn (incidentally, the right pocket of the "T" held friend ntinas room, and down the stem of the "T" was friend sarahs room). mel and taryn were adorable blond girls who were rooming blind, and over the course of that year my friends and i got to know them and ultimately love them (or at least i did). taryn was the tall cali (LA) girl who had a huge dave matthews poster above her bed and wore flip flops in the snow and talked a mile a minute. she came, initially, to be on the UM womens swim team, but dropped off the team within the first year. she has great energy and is a blast to be around. we saw her and mel a bit over the later years of college but there seemed to be a distance created by us being upper classmen (by one year!) that never zippered them fully into our crew. but through the loveliness of facebook i have kept in touch.
well, taryns husband, luke, had a trade show to do in halifax for work. taryn had always wanted to see halifax (for the whales apparently). so they ended up booking a flight as a family to come out and see nova scotia (they live in chicago). they have a one year old daughter named della, and i was excited to meet her too.
may 25 (friday):
we agreed to met up at indochine for lunch and then do the public gardens. it turned out great. i was shocked and incredibly grateful that X self-occupied at the gardens for the 1.5 hours we were there. she observed della and inspected the grounds and i got to talk to taryn for that whole time, nearly uninterrupted. basically unheard of! and taryns a fast talker (i had almost forgotten!) and so we crammed a lot of "catching up" in that time. such a great play date (for X and me both).
i love taryns personality: its loud but not rude, its fast-talking but she totally lets you get a word in, shes exudes a mega happy vibe but its not saccharine, shes cynical but not bitter...what can i say i love being around her. did then, do now. and more than most people, i felt like she truly hadnt changed since having her daughter. its like i could go back to sophomore year and hand a baby to her and she would be acting the same way (by and large). and i mean this as a compliment.
(X and rhododendron; taryn, della, and X on the top of a hill in the gardens)
may 26 (saturday):
we met up with taryn and della at the childrens hospital kids fair around lunch time. X and i did a little train ride and got her face painted like a tiger. i cant believe she was patient and brave enough to do it. she answered all the ladys questions and didnt get scared at all! i was impressed since shes been so nervous around other people lately (though, interestingly, not with taryn and della). then we went in to the petting animal area with della and loved on their bunnies named pancakes and maple and some goats. X also located the goat poo.
then we went to the fire engine and climbed up to sit inside. the fire fighter gave X a sticker and asked her if she liked fire engines; she said yes, and again wasnt (too) afraid of him talking to her. then she finished up our afternoon hangout with a run around the hospital courtyard while we ate cheap hot dogs and hamburgers and chatted more with taryn and della. for multiple reasons, this years fair was more fun than last years (although, last years was pretty nice too).
(train ride; petting the bunny named pancakes with della)
(scary tiger in a cage; sitting in the halifax fire engine)
later, after taryn & co. ate dinner at fid, they came over for some late night playtime and local beers. the major bonus was that we got to meet luke! i loved him right away and would have expected nothing less from taryn. hes a michigander (grand haven) and a UM grad, so whats not to love. miss della loved roaming around in our baby-friendly zone and X loved showing off for della and making her laugh. i havent seen her so curious and attentive toward another child, ever. it was adorable and made me happy to see her interacting so positively.
may 27 (sunday):
our last visit with them was over a pancakes and bacon breakfast at our place. we had a lovely wandering conversation about travel and whatnot with them. and then they headed out to explore nearby coastal nova scotia for their last day in town. such great people and their visit was all the more exciting because it was totally unexpected. of course it was not motivated by visiting us specifically, but im glad it worked out that way! i hope we can see them again, some random day.
*sidenote: the title for this entry could have been "dell[t]-a luke-y hand" but i thought it was just a touch too much (btw, taryns nickname was/is "T").