Townley Brooks Graney '41, P '79
"I had a habit of sneaking out of my room at night to walk the trails, alone or with one or more of the other girls. I loved the woods at night, particularly moonlit nights."
I was not one of Aunt Dot’s favorite students. In fact, I was not infrequently in trouble. I had a habit of climbing out my bedroom window at night to walk the trails, alone or with one or more of the other girls. This was not acceptable behavior! I loved the woods at night, particularly moonlit nights.
Imagine my surprise, then, when Aunt Dot extended to me this act of kindness. I had a very bad cold and needed to spend nearly a week quarantined in the infirmary. I was feverish, miserable and missed home. Aunt Dot came to visit, bringing with her a sprig of one of my very favorite wildflowers, Epigaea repens (trailing arbutus or mayflower). Without much more than a word, she laid the evergreen branch with tiny clusters of pale pink flowers next to my bed, bringing my beloved forest inside to me when I could not go outside to it. I felt unexpectedly nurtured by a woman whose job had heretofore been to scold me.
-Townley Brooks Graney ‘41, P '79