After Nashville, it was time to fly to Ohio! We arrived on Saturday night and spent a few days together in Springfield. Brennan and I met my mom for lunch at CoHatch (I'm still thinking about that blackberry latte!), saw friends, and enjoyed the end of the summer in Springfield.
Brennan left on August 31 to head to the UK to begin his archaeology trip and I stayed in Springfield. It was the longest we had been away from each other since getting married, but it was good for us both to do our own thing before we met back up in Europe later on in September.
After I dropped Brennan off at the airport, I was pretty sad that he was leaving. Thankfully, I got to take Reagan to gymnastics and spend some time with her that evening. It was a bright spot in my week and she had LOTS of things to share in the car on the way there and as we got a snack at Winans after gymnastics. I love hearing her perspective and ideas about life.
On Thursday, I met my mom downtown for lunch. Before we started eating, she called me and asked if I wanted to go in one of the old warehouses where they were doing a video shoot. All these signs and even the boat were in the building! It was fun to see some of the signs I recognized from my childhood around Springfield that have been saved for other purposes.
Friday night was First Friday downtown, but there was also a walking tour my parents and I had signed up for! We took a tour of Victorian architecture through downtown Springfield with Kevin Rose through the Wescott House. I learned so much about each of these buildings from the tour. We stopped at the Marketplace (Clark County History Museum), the old library, and the Bushnell Building.
My favorite part of the tour was learning about the old library, which is now a reading/learning center. I've still never been inside, but during this tour, I was able to see the details of the outside of the building in a way I never had before. You can see from the pictures below that there are many carvings in the bricks. These were done by hand! There are many faces carved into the bricks decorating the building, representing the different genres of books. There's an owl sitting on top of a head that looks to be screaming, which represents wisdom's attack on ignorance. One of my favorite details was the small monkey between the columns, which represents curiosity. If Kevin hadn't pointed this out, I never would have found it!
I have probably driven past this building more than 200 times in my life-I know we passed it on our way to school every day when I was in 2nd grade and I worked across the street for 6 months, but I had never seen the princess that faces the road. It represents the fairytales and stands out as soon as you see it for the first time. Seeing these details made me wonder how many other things I've walked past in my life that had significance.
The final building of the tour was the Bushnell Building. This building is made of brick, which was originally designed in a pattern and way that is connected to the Tiffany jewelry company. It was a very unique design for the time when it was built. Kevin also told us that the patent lawyer who helped the Wright brothers patent their "flying machine" worked in this building.
The tour was very interesting and all three of us really enjoyed our time downtown!
On Saturday, we had a packed day! First up, we met with my longest friend, Sarah, and her mom Deidra for brunch. Sarah has the happiest baby in the world, Brody, and I was so excited to meet him. We've been friends for over 25 years-it's hard to believe!
After brunch, we headed to Fellowship to set up for Gideon's birthday party. I had planned some activities and games for the kids during the birthday party, which was Spidey-Man themed. Gideon loved coloring the pictures, shooting nerf darts through the webs, and pinning the webs on the bad guys. We also had an obstacle course, sang happy birthday, and posed for lots of pictures. Rachel was so excited when I told her back in June that I was going to be able to be at Gideon's party, so it was special to get to help plan the day.
One night, Mom and I were talking about how much we wanted to get ice cream. We decided we wanted pumpkin pie blizzards, but couldn't decide if we wanted Kone Korner or Dairy Queen. Since we're adults, we decided we wanted to taste test and compare them. She liked the Dairy Queen better, I liked Kone Korner more. It was a fun experiment.
We have talked about going through old pictures for a long time and finally decided to work on it while I was home for this extended period of time. I found this picture of my dad and I can't decide if he looks more like me or Rachel. We also found a picture of Rachel when she was a toddler at a barn petting kittens, which is fitting since she now has 2 cats. There were a lot of memories in the pictures we went through, and we have more to do next time!
A few days before I left, my mom and I drove to Richmond, Indiana to meet up with our friends Jane and Christy. Rachel drove over from Indianapolis to meet us too and we all showed up matching! We had to take a picture. Unfortunately, we didn't take a picture with Jane & Christy, but we had a great time catching up with them and staying way too late at a restaurant (as we always do!!).
I may not have a Springfield address right now, but it will always be my home. I love going back to see the people and places that have been so significant in my life and made me into who I am.
We're Brennan & Megan
Since June 2022, we have been traveling to learn more about ourselves and the world around us.