The Rev. Casey dunsworth

serves as Associate Campus Pastor to the Belfry, the Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministry to UC Davis

and as Program Director for LEVN, the Lutheran Episcopal Volunteer Network.

Maryland sucks.

Senior year of high school, Vean came to us. He was in college, and took a semester from Drexel to do an internship in San Diego. In the opinion of all involved, it was a wise choice. It was the best thing that could have happened to my boys. Vean was, and is, a super chill dude. We fell in love with him, to say the least. After that semester, though, Vean had to go back to school. A few summers later, I think he spent the whole summer with us. Or maybe just visited for a long time? And in the last couple of years, he's come out for short visits.

About a year ago, Vean announced he was moving to Encinitas! Oh, glorious day! We were overjoyed. And we were even more overjoyed to hear that he was bringing his lifelong best friend, Allen, with him. When Vean and Allen moved in, it was kind of madness. Allen was working in Los Angeles and we never really saw him. When we did, he was exhausted. It took a while for us to get to know him. But once we did, we found that he was just as rad of a dude as Vean. Allen quit his job a few months ago, and in the time I spent in Encinitas, I really got to love Allen very much. I've been really looking forward to spending this summer in Encinitas, chilling with my boys (which now include Allen!).

Today, Allen told me he's moving back to Maryland next month.

These are the kind of things about being an adult that I just think are so unfair. It's cool that we're adults and so we move around the country independently. That's what got Allen to us in the first place. But it's just so lame when it works in the opposite direction. I've never been to Maryland. I'll probably never go to Maryland. Fortunately, Encinitas is a really good place, so Allen will hopefully want to come visit. Right? Realistically, though, I don't know if I'll ever see Allen again in my life. The last time I said goodbye to him, when I was leaving Encinitas, I'm sure I just said, "All right, see ya" so I  wouldn't interrupt the seriousness of his video game playing. :)

This is where my creature of habit lifestyle really gets in the way. I don't like things ending. I also don't like not knowing that things are ending until it's too late. Allen is leaving my Encinitas life with about as much notice as he joined it. It's been so fun. So so fun. Allen, you are such a joy. I love you.

Y'all come back, now, y'hear?

Keeping the Faith

Oh, how I love hymns.