This photo of my niece was taken along the gorgeous Benefit Street in Providence, running dead through the Rhode Island School of Design with Brown University just up the hill. The College Hill district of Providence is far and away my favorite part of the city–just walking or driving through it, seeing all the talented and/or smart Brown and RISD students going about getting their learn on, makes me wish I’d been more serious about selecting a college when I was in high school. (No offense or anything, UWF.)
But those wishes are always fleeting: if I’d gone to RISD, or to Brown, or to the Kubert School of Art where I was actually accepted–if I’d gone anywhere at all other than UWF–then I wouldn’t be where I am today, and I wouldn’t have the wonderful wife and two amazing children and all the fantastic people I’m lucky enough to call friends.
So I’ll just cruise through College Hill from time to time, excited (and a little jealous) for those students getting to attend such fine schools, and I’ll think about what might possible have been…and about how happy I am with what actually is.