Dear Hometown, These Are The 10 Things I Miss About You

Dear Hometown, These Are The 10 Things I Miss About You

I took you for granted.

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I don't dislike you as much as I said I did. While I can't say that I miss every person you hold hostage, there are certain voids that Thurston Hall cannot fill.

I grew up in a tiny county, in an even tinier town in southern Connecticut. It's known for its summers on Long Island Sound, beautiful foliage, perpetual snow days, and gardens along the perimeters of modern colonials that are at least 7,000 square feet.

The HBO TV show, "American Housewife" is based off of this area, if that helps.

My graduating class was just over 200 kids, which I've known since kindergarten. This is a recipe for an undeniable, privileged bubble that I could not wait to escape.

Don't get me wrong, though. I am extremely blessed to have had the upbringing that I did. My parents did an excellent job of raising me with a strong set of morals that have put me many steps ahead, especially in my freshman year of college.

Thus, here is a list of things that I miss about my limiting, yet complicated hometown.

1. Feeling like fall


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Fall has always been my favorite season. The foliage in Connecticut is like no other— my favorite place to go is Las Vetas Lounge in downtown Fairfield. Even aside from the scenic route, the mulled apple cider is to die for.

2. Being able to cook


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If there's one thing Thurston Hall is known for, it is not their communal kitchen. Some of my most distinct flashbulb memories are my mom teaching me to cook and bake. I miss being able to grill vegetables outside and then coming inside to see my dad reclined on the couch before dinner was even ready.

3. My family

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I've always enjoyed being an only child. Although, I never really considered myself one because my family has always had pets. More than anything, I wish I could relieve my stress by cuddling with my cats.


4. My theatre company



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COMPANY, the local high school's theatre company, is truly a family. Not seeing their faces every day at rehearsal is beyond foreign. No one has ever been able to make me laugh so hard


5. Organika


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This is the best vegan restaurant in Fairfield. My go-to is the Kalifornia burger, which has the most fulfilling sweet potato and black bean patty (although, the "dragon bowl" is what's pictured). My best friends and I would come here once a week after school to vent and satisfy our cravings in a healthy way.

6. Being close to NYC


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Manhattan is just 50 miles from home, and the train ride is only about an hour long. I've spent countless hours in "the city" with my best friends, wasting money that we didn't have in the first place, and trying new restaurants.

7. Driving

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As tedious as Merritt Parkway traffic can be, there's a certain freedom that comes along with being able to drive. My best friends and I had the song "Body" by luxury blasting whenever we rolled down the windows

8. Living by the beach


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While Long Island Sound doesn't have the clearest water, I have so many memories there. The coveted hook up spot, to my first breakup, to those existential nights I spent with friends talking and digging our feet into the cold sand until the early morning hours

9. Peter's Market

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If you're trying to avoid someone, this is not the place to go. Being the only store in my town (that's literally what it's labeled as on Google Maps), you are bound to find locals here getting their overpriced groceries. I'll never forget coming here every day before rehearsal and getting the infamous dirty bird sandwich.

10. My best friends

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These are four of the most beautiful girls I've ever met— inside and out. I remember how lucky I am every day to be surrounded by constant support, and it's comforting to know that I'll always have people on my side.

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To High School Seniors In Their Last Semester

Senior year moves pretty fast; if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.
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Dammit, you made it. The final semester of your senior year. You’re at the top of the food chain of high school, and it feels so good. You’re probably praying this last semester flies by, that you get out of town as soon as possible.

At this point, you’re calling teachers by their first names, the entire staff knows you by name, and you’re walking around school standing tall, owning those hallways. You’re convinced you’re ready to leave and move on to the next chapter in your life.

You’ve already experienced your last football game, standing in the cold in the front row of the student section all season long, decked out in your school colors and cheering loud and proud. That is, until they lost, and you realized you will never have that experience again. Never again.

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You already had your last winter break. Preparing and celebrating the holidays with your family, ice skating and sledding with your best friends. Those quiet nights alone in your room watching Netflix, taking for granted your loved ones just a few rooms away. Never again.

If you’re an athlete, you may have already played in your last game or ran your last race. The crowd cheering, proudly wearing your school’s name across your chest, giving it your all. For some, it may be the end of your athletic career. Before you knew it, you were standing in an empty gym, staring up at the banners and thinking about the mark you left on your school, wondering where on earth the time went. Never again.

I’m telling you right now, you’re going to miss it all. Everything you’ve ever known. Those early mornings when you debate going to first hour because you really need those McDonald’s hash browns. The late nights driving home from practice, stopping for ice cream of course, ready for a late night of homework. Getting food on a whim with your friends. Endless fights with your siblings. Your favorite chips in the pantry. A fridge full of food. Coming home to and getting tackled by your dog. Driving around your hometown, passing the same sights you’ve seen every day for as long as you can remember. Hugs from your mom after a long day. Laughs with your dad. And that best friend of yours? You’re going to miss them more than anything. I’m telling you right now, nothing will ever be the same. Never again.

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Before you start packing your bags, slow down, take a deep breath, and look around. You’ve got it pretty good here. The end of your senior year can be the time of your life; it’s truly amazing. So go to the winter dance, go to Prom, spend Senior Skip Day with your classmates, go to every sporting event you can, while you still can. College is pretty great, but it’s the little things you’re gonna miss the most. Don’t take it for granted because soon, you’ll be standing in a packed gym in your cap and gown, wondering where the heck the time went. You’ve got a long, beautiful life ahead of you, full of joy but also full of challenges. You’re going to meet so many wonderful people, people who will treat you right and people who won’t.


So, take it all in. Be excited for the future and look forward to it, but be mindful of the present. You’ve got this.
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