3 weeks ago
”It’s a funny thing coming home. Nothing changes. Everything looks the same, feels the same, even smells the same. You realize what’s changed, is you.” -Eric Roth ⠀ ⠀ ⠀
I grew up on the side of a hill in a house with big windows overlooking the Rocky Mountains. The nearest town had a population just shy of 1,500 and when our four way stop was replaced with a traffic light it made national news - stealing the soul of our beloved small town. As soon as I could I moved away, to seemingly the furthest I could go without leaving the country. Its been over a decade since then, since that house on the hill was my permanent address. These days I stop by my parents’ house a handful of times a year, for Sunday dinners and doctors appointments - or unannounced with friends after a day of hiking in the Highwood. Last weekend was one of the former, I stayed for dinner and then the night. In the morning I took a walk up the hill that was the backdrop of my childhood - retracing the steps that led me up to what I remember being a feat akin to summiting Everest. The funny thing is that the expedition, the one that used to take all day and be filled with stops for investigating every single crocus flowers, stuffing my pickets full of rocks and twigs and taking mandatory sustenance breaks for fistfuls of honey nut cheerios, took all of five minutes. I reached the top and felt a little bit sad, a little bit silly and pretty nostalgic for a time when ten feet from my front door, within earshot of my parents, I was able to set out on the adventure of a lifetime.
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