Bard Reunion

Back at Bard for my college reunion. Haven’t been here for at least 8 years, but it seems similar to before, only much more prosperous. The Frank Gehry music and theatre building is astounding, and the new dorms and administrative buildings are well-designed and sit nicely in the landscape.

I realize that this area has been my model for the dream place to live since I was 19 years old. Back in the day, I imagined that some day, perhaps at the ripe old age of 35, I’d move back up to the Rhinebeck area and have a house and write. Of course, when I was 35, I was smack in the middle of the dotcom explosion in New York, with a husband and a kid, and moving to Rhinebeck was nowhere on my list.
But this visit I see how many of the elements I like about the Hudson Valley are values I’ve carried elsewhere: the leafy greenery, rolling fields and forests. The fruit orchards.
The mountains shadowed in the distance, beyond the water, the small towns (now grown too upscale and chic). I wish I had a chance to come back here and spend a summer–I don’t want to move here anymore, but it is a glorious place.