City Life Has Me Reaching Out For My Hometown Every Day I'm Away

City Life Has Me Reaching Out For My Hometown Every Day I'm Away

I couldn't wait to leave and now I can't wait to go back.

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Every college kid knows the story. When it's almost time to go away to college, you start to get that itch. You're excited to leave home and start out on your own, you start to get tired of your boring hometown, and you end up forgetting what you love in your rush to leave.

I spent an extra year and a half at home when I went to community college, so my desire to leave was much stronger. When I got to Towson, I was completely engrossed in the city. I was all into finding places I'd need to go, learning my way around, and adapting my life to this new, loud, exciting place.

There are a lot of things I miss about home that I took for granted until I moved to the city.

I don't mind Towson. I live in a pretty decent area and obviously, the campus is safe. But the city is loud, crowded, dirty, and sometimes dangerous. I can hear the other residents of my apartment building stomping and yelling at all hours of the day. Trying to make the 7-minute drive to my tanning salon can turn into a 20-minute ordeal on a busy day. Walking anywhere outside of campus is walking along a trail of litter that people were too lazy to hold until the next trashcan a block away. I get alerts from the university about crime almost every other week, it feels. When I have to walk at night, I keep my keys gripped between my fingers.

I'm from a small town in northeastern Maryland. It's small and it's boring, but it's safe, and there are so many things I miss about it.

I miss how quiet the roads were compared to Towson. Driving from my house to my boyfriend's house or my best friend's house on the backroads was always so peaceful, and I miss not being angry at every other driver on the road for being in my way. Even the busiest roads at home have nothing on York Road after 4 pm.

I miss the farms and the fields. They usually stunk of cow manure, but there was something about the way the sunset over them in the evenings that always captivated me. I also miss watching all of the cows grazings. If I stopped on the road to watch them, usually no one would come up behind me and I could just sit with them for a minute (I really like cows and this was a regular occurrence).

One of the things I most looked forward to about leaving was not being known, but after almost 3 months of knowing no one, I miss the comfort and familiarity of seeing people I know everywhere I went.

I miss the Mexican restaurant in town, which is still the best Mexican I've ever had. Even though the town itself was very boring, we were always within half an hour of something else to do.

I miss the church we went to every Sunday, and all of the breakfast places we would go to if we had time afterward.

I think more than anything, I miss the little moments and memories I have from my hometown. Of course, I miss all of my family and my dogs. But it's the little moments that seem insignificant at the time that I miss the most now.

Cruising down the road listening to country music in the truck. Knowing exactly where I'm going. Stopping at the grocery store for a donut. Going to the pizza place at night when there's nothing better to do. Taking a long way home and not having to worry about getting lost. Seeing all of the bunnies in my yard when I get home late.

I like the city and I realize I'll probably have to live here for a while when I start my career. My hometown will always hold a special place in my heart, and I cherish the few moments I get to go home now more than ever.

I always said I didn't want to raise my future family in my hometown, but living away from it has made me realize it was one of the best places to grow up.

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A Thank You Letter To My Parents

Because I truly don't say thank you enough.
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Dear Mom and Dad,

There are not enough words to describe how thankful I am to the both of you. I know I don't show how grateful I am enough, but I really am. You both have taught me so much, and going away to college and being apart from you has made me realize how much you both mean to me.

Thank you for your endless amounts of love, even when I probably don't deserve it.

Thank you for all your support, no matter what.

Thank you for listening to me cry on the phone, no matter what time of day, and no matter what reason.

Thank you for listening to me rant, ramble, or just talk at you over the phone.

Thank you for editing my papers (even though I'm old enough to do that on my own).

Thank you for making me laugh when I'm sad.

Thank you for knocking some sense into me when I'm acting rash.

Thank you for the meals, the birthday parties, and everything in between.

Thank you for all the advice, even when I don't take it. You guys are always right.

Thank you for the "I love you" texts. They truly make my day.

Thank you for making me so happy.

Thank you for working so, so, so hard to be able to send me to college. That means the absolute world to me, and for that, I will never be able to repay you.

Thank you for giving me the life every child deserves, and being such wonderful parents. When I have children, I want to be just like you.

Thank you for always being there for me. Without the two of you, I don't know where I would be. I realize I do not thank you enough for everything. And for that, I apologize. If I have learned anything while being away from you, it is that you are the most important people in my life, and I love you both more than anything.

So, mom and dad... Thank you. For everything. I promise I will work hard to make you proud.

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To The Aunts Who Made Us The Women We Are Today

"My Aunt has ears that really listen, arms that hug and hold, a love that's never ending, and a heart made of gold." - Unknown

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In my life I have my aunts that are truly my parent's sisters or sisters-in-law, then I have my cousins that I refer to as my aunts.

I may be weird for calling my cousins my aunts but they truly deserve that title. The amount of love and support my aunts have given me throughout my entire life is what made me be the women I am today. I could not and would not be who I am without their guidance and love.

They listen to me with open ears and no judgment.

They worry and care for me almost as much as my mother does. I am eternally grateful for God for giving me the wonderful aunts that I have because they bring such good energy to my mother and me.

My aunt that only lives a couple of houses away from me has always been there to help me with anything I ever needed and my mom has been there for my cousins the same way. I cannot thank her enough for giving me my best friend since birth and the girl I call my sister. I can call her later at night when I need something for a school project and we do not have what I need at home.

Aunts are so great because they are so reliable.

My school and sports teams do a lot of fundraisers, so having multiple aunts I can always count on them to order products from me. I also know if I'm ever stuck and need a ride, need somewhere to go, or someone to confide in they are right by my side. Having one God-Mother or role model in your life would be pretty great, but having multiple is more than fantastic.

My aunts are so important to me, I couldn't live with them.

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