I must have stood there, in the middle of the street, grinning like an idiot.

June 5th, 2013, 4pm

It hits you without warning the minute you step out of the station.

I wasn’t even paying attention—I think we were in the middle of a conversation or I was trying to put my wallet back into my bag, but then I look up, and boom.

Oh, no big deal. Just two thousand years of history staring right back at me.

Trips to historical monuments are always the same for me: I stop, stare, smile. Sometimes thisclose to tears, but mostly just staring. Taking it all in.

Then I can’t help but smile. That silly, crush-just-texted-me kinda smile that you can’t wipe off your face even if you tried.

I’m in a daze until my cousin taps my shoulder. “Yo. I think we need to line up. God, it’s kinda busy today…”

Shhhhh. Let me have my moment.

Okay, let’s go.

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Christine Herrin

Designer. History major. Memory keeper, paper hoarder, frequent flyer.

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