a spoonful of sugar in the circle of life

I miss the 90's cartoons and will always cherish my Disney VHS collection…if only my VCR still worked

And You’re Miles and Miles From Your Nice Warm Bed

on April 23, 2012

It was so wonderful to walk into class last Wednesday and see all of the AUM students! I have to admit I was a bit nervous before, though. I had no idea who these people were going to be. Well, I sort of had an idea, but I didn’t know if it was the right idea. I had spent the whole semester getting to know the AUM students through their blogs, and we were about to meet face to face. What were they going to think of me? Of our class? Would they regret traveling so far? I bundled all my nervous energy and tossed it into the trash as I entered the room because as soon as I walked in I knew it was going to be an enjoyable afternoon.

I had a great time talking with Ink Paper Pen about her map, as well as the map by Gym Shorts and Cowboy Boots. Both of them used a fairy tale theme, which I loved! They used dragons, castles, wizards, and many other fairy tale creatures; however, their placement on the map varied. It was interesting to hear the reasoning for placing items in certain areas on the map, like putting fire-breathing dragons in “the ghetto” and a dungeon at the high school. After class, the Auburn students took our maps to explore OKC and we got to take one of theirs. I chose the map titled, “Yellow Brick Road of My Life.”

Obviously my blog is Disney-themed, but my love for Disney movies doesn’t even come close to my love for The Wizard of Oz. I grew up with Wizard of Oz stuffed animals, mugs, ornaments, pillows, calendars, books, etc. If you name it, I probably had it! I think I was Dorothy for at least 3 Halloweens, and now my childhood obsession has become just a general obsession. In fact, I spent Sunday afternoon at OKC Ballet’s production of The Wizard of Oz. It was a wonderful experience, and I’d be lying to you if I didn’t say I was squealing the whole time. (Shout out to Happy Feet Hansen for putting up with my obsession!)

Anyway, back to the map! I’m not sure who actually made this masterpiece, but it was very creative! On the larger map, they placed a picture of a house being swept away by a tornado at the location of their “first house ever!” Then they placed a picture of the Emerald City at AUM. On the back was a smaller map of Montgomery & Vicinity. Again, they placed a house at the location of their first house. They also used munchkins to represent the areas where good events happened and flying monkeys where bad events happened. It is such a fantastic map!

To wrap things up, it was such a pleasure getting to meet the Auburn students. I loved having the opportunity to match faces up with the blogs and to talk about our classes, our schools, and just life in general! I’m so glad I had to opportunity to attend the OKC bombing memorial service with the AUM students on Thursday. I was shocked to hear our classes mentioned in the service, but it made me realize how important this partnership has been. I have learned so much from the students at AUM, as well as those here at OCU! I’m sad it’s almost over.

You’ve got a friend in me,


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