Tuesday, September 27, 2011

BlogAbout Tuesday: Home

This marks the last week of the OBU BlogAbout. Today’s question is, “What does Ouachita mean today or how has it helped you get to where you are today?”

I am a missionary kid. My husband and children have seen my Stateside hometown, but they have never seen where I spent the bulk of my growing up years. It’s not a place I can return to.  In fact, this summer my parents retired from the field, leaving me with no remaining permanent connection to that home.

But, as I look back on my “growing up” years, I can definitely see how much of that process happened on the OBU campus. Taking the foundation my parents and life on the mission field established, I discovered much about myself and who I was to become during my years at Ouachita.

So, in a sense, thinking about OBU is like thinking about home. It is a place I can take my children. It is a time of my life I am able to share with my husband, also an OBU grad. While others talk about childhood friends they still have contact and solid relationships with, I have Ouachita friends. Some of them were friends while we were at Ouachita together, but then there are others who are simply fellow alumni. Although our friendship didn’t begin during our years at OBU, there is a bond simply because we were both there.

I have a feeling Ouachita Baptist University will always in one small sense mean home to me. And, although nothing could ever replace the home I had on the mission field, I am thankful for the second home I have here in Arkansas.

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