Why I Love Being From The Ozarks
Lifestyle

Why I Love Being From The Ozarks

How the Ozarks are most undoubtedly the greatest hidden gem in the Midwest

15
Sarah Swanson

I see the radiance of the sun glistening through the trees

I drink in the deep, rolling hills to my left and right

I smell the freshness of the virgin Ozark air

I’m Home.


I feel the weight of the hills in my stomach as I ride through the country

I hear the gravel crunching beneath our tires as we pull into the driveway

I catch Scooter nipping at my ankles when I step out of the van

I’m Home.


I hear the cows bantering in the fields beyond the rusty barbed wire

I smell the biology of cow manure as I climb the gate

I feel the burning agony of poison ivy on my skin

I’m Home.


I hear the lonely, green glow of the creek water

I feel the moss beneath my feet that makes its home on the Big Rock

I feel the rush of water as I jump into my ice-cold reflection

I’m Home.


I hear the proud singing of the saccades at sundown

I spot the fireflies lighting for just a moment and then fading away

I smell the dead air of the downstairs basement crawl beneath my bones

I’m Home.


I head grandma yell, “Sarah Jean!” just the way I like it

I head Grandpa’s cowboy boots clicking down the hallway in the morning

I hear Grandma saying, “Skip-a-rope”, as she lays down her UNO card

...

I see Grandma and Grandpa waving in their pajamas as we drive away

And then I open my eyes and realize home was a long time ago

But I realize I can always go home

If I just shut my eyes.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Health and Wellness

If You Don't Think People Are Legitimately Scared To Stay In Lockdown, Think Again

People are terrified of what could happen if states stay in lockdown too long.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to be the topic of discussion for most U.S. residents. From federal reopening guidelines to individual state timelines, the country is all over the place. This sparks conversations within the news, social media, and in family homes about the consequences of reopening the country incorrectly.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

If You Don't Think People Are Legitimately Scared To Reopen States, You're Not Looking Hard Enough

People are terrified of what could happen if states begin reopening too early.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to be the topic of discussion for most U.S. residents. From federal reopening guidelines to individual state timelines, the country is all over the place. This sparks conversations within the news, social media, and in family homes about the consequences of reopening the country incorrectly.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

Feel A Lil' Better: Because You Need To Stretch It Out

Your weekly wellness boost from Odyssey.

No matter how good (or bad) you'd describe your health, one thing is for sure: a little boost is ALWAYS a good idea. Whether that's reading a new, motivating book, or listening to a song that speaks to your soul, there are plenty of resources to help your health thrive on any given day.

Flexibility is an important part of life. Yes, you need to be able to go with the flow and adjust when needed, but literal, physical flexibility is equally handy. Not only does increased flexibility keep you safe from injury each time you work out, but a good stretch session is incredibly soothing after a long day. Your body goes through a lot! It needs to cool down and get loose after all the activities you put it through.

Keep Reading... Show less
Lifestyle

5 Amazing Things That Happened To Me When I Took Just A Week Off From Social Media

I've taken one-week off social media, and here's what I learned.


You’ll think clearer.

Keep Reading... Show less

I was never really big on cocktails. Tequila soda is always a go-to drink for me because of its simplicity and, to be honest, lack of extra calories from mixers chock-full of sugar, chemicals, and other unknown ingredients. I like tequila, and like to be able to really savor it.

This all changed when, a couple of years ago, a friend of mine made me a margarita from scratch — no funky mixers involved — and it tasted incredible. It was light, refreshing, and complemented the tequila without overpowering it.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments