In 1978 I was assigned to Ox College “3 South” corridor. The all girls freshman dorm, located one mile from campus, was the dreaded dorm room assignment. Even my waitlisted high school girlfriend was relieved to be given commuter status rather than receive my dorm draw.
I laugh at the tears my eighteen-year-old self shed over my terrible luck. What lemonade I have enjoyed from that “lemon!” This blog is a collaborative effort of three fellow Ox College corridor friends. We only were at Miami University together for one year — but that year, this trio! Our friendship has taken twists and turns. It has had periods (years, even) of silence, bursts of communication, moments of incomparable sadness, joy, worry and hope. We three have traveled our own paths but they have merged along the way in a most timely, delightful way.
It is only fitting that the place of our acquaintance should have undergone a remarkable transformation as well. Ox College is playing out its next act as a community arts center. Third floor rooms have traded in their students for artists. Even more serendipitously, my artistic sister Christine (who lives in North Carolina) recently decided to rent one such studio because she would be spending much time in Oxford throughout the year visiting her local daughter and family. Imagine our astonishment at discovering the room she was assigned for her art studio, was… yep, you guessed it: 3 South, and my old dorm room! God-wink, coincidence, synchronicity. Call it what you will. I call it marvelous.