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Yeah, I’m still Joey, not Norm, but I get to be a sorta Guest-Norm for #ThursdayDoors this week.
I’m delighted to be your guest host!
Let’s look at some doors!
Today’s doors (or gates if you prefer) are neither sentimental nor spectacular. They are a testament to progress.
On my nostalgic trip to Ball State University this summer, I insisted we walk The Cow Path. The Cow Path? Yes, The Cow Path. Not where cows graze, but rather, where students trod.
I’d say off the beaten path, but it’s literally a beaten path of about half a mile.
A shortcut. An outdoor hallway.
The Cow Path runs parallel to the main thoroughfare, but behind buildings.
These doors, just four of many like them, separate The Cow Path from private residences.
When I arrived at Ball State some twenty-five years ago this month, I learned to walk The Cow Path. I walked The Cow Path every day, multiple times a day, for the whole four years. I had music and gym on the other side of the street, but that’s it. The rest of my classes were on my side of the street and The Cow Path was the most direct route.
When it was below freezing and the wind was full-on, The Cow Path was not only quicker, but warmer, too.
Back then, the elders spoke of the days of yore, when The Cow Path wasn’t even paved, when it was comprised mostly of well-worn grass. The university did not design this path. In the beginning, it was student-made. Cow Path Theory is a thing.
Upon rediscovering The Cow Path, fences, doors, and all, I proclaimed to my children, “When I was here, there was no sidewalk, no pretty trees or wildflowers. It was mere asphalt then.”
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