Lucia Lee is a student at The Ohio State University, who has been interning with us this summer. She’s a hard-worker, and has been enormously helpful. We thought it was bound time for you to get to know her as well.
You recently returned from a cross-country road trip—any epiphanies?
It wasn’t until we reached the Painted Desert in Arizona that we left the shocking sameness of all that is the United States and I think I really started to see time at work. To see the earth spread about you like that with its reds and purples and blues, it made you feel the best kind of empty. It was that kind of empty that made you yearn to see and learn and feel more. That is what fostered a greater appreciation in the sites we saw next; Grand Canyon, Yosemite.
You grew up on an alpaca farm—what was that like?
Surprisingly normal! I think. I never was sentenced to long hours locked away at the barn doing menial tasks, and I didn’t grow up chewing the ends of wheat stalks, but that’s not to say I didn’t experience my fair share of birthings, feedings, bruises or long hours of mowing the pasture.
Here’s my favorite story: We were expecting a new baby alpaca while my mom was away at work, so as oldest child privilege rules, it was my duty to check the pasture every half hour or so for the cria. The first few days I saw nothing, until the fourth day when the alpaca were circled around a fawn blob. I hadn’t run down that pasture faster than I did that day, and proceeded to receive phone instructions from my mom on how to keep it alive in the August heat until she got home.
So far, you started and have ended up in Columbus?
Columbus was my home until the alpacas came and moved us out to Granville. Then, I tried to make some other city in some other state my home when I went off to college, but after a year, Columbus called me back. I found all the same things in that city; a wealth of resources so close to your fingertips, and a bustle that never got too overwhelming. It wasn’t so much of the city of Columbus I missed, but you know that thing they say about people making the place, who thought it’d actually be true?