Nostalgia and New Paltz [PHOTOS]
Had an interesting trip last week back to New Paltz, New York, the town where I went to college and eventually met my wife. The memories of that place are too great to go into here, but it was pretty wonderful to walk down the same streets I used to but now with my children.
My wife and I had an interesting conversation in the car about nostalgia, obviously brought on by seeing the old haunts of past. She asked why nostalgia was so sad, and I said I thought it’s not really sadness that a person experiences in that pause brought on by nostalgia. Rather, since simultaneously it brings up memories of the past and an instant emotional inventory of who you are now, and where you are now, versus where you were then, or how you got from then to now, and so many other feelings that it sort of overloads the soul, causing that quiet you get when you’re feeling nostalgic. It’s so much packed into one moment that it makes you still, which though it might seem sad, is just an honest processing of all things considered.
Anyway, I took pictures via Hipstamatic on the iPhone. Seventy-five Main Street is the building I used to live in.