I love that you are four years wide and too many years tall

Photo by Mark Balson

Victoria College is hands down one of the most beautiful, most castle-y buildings in Toronto. It was my college when I did my undergrad at the University of Toronto and it felt so fitting to be reading second hand musty books where the pages fell from the spines and occasionally had my mother’s name (maiden name!) and residence room number on the inside front page. (I had to keep her copy of “To the Lighthouse” in a ziploc baggie to keep the pages from falling all over the place).

The thrill of walking across Queen’s Park and seeing the peaks of the red stone turrets never got old, even in the dead of winter en route to an early morning lecture on Stephen Leacock.

So when the University of Toronto magazine asked to to interview me about The Love Lettering Project, it only made sense to write a letter to that lovely old building. Specifically, the staircase:

I love that you
are four years wide
and too many years tall,
and that every September
you curl carefully around
the stories that return
again, again
and again.

You can read the full interview with the University of Toronto magazine here (and read more about my love affair with that building here!)

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