Leaving Shelby And Lovingly Looking Back
Trip Start May 01, 2010
70Trip End Aug 01, 2010
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Home. What does it all mean? What sweet memories or haunting moments does a person hang upon the fireplace mantel before ridding away from one's birth place? It surely is a combination of many emotional events-good times filled with laughter crammed with crazy old aunts and uncles possessing unique personalities.
The tide is now gently turned. I have become one of those old Uncle and, hopefully, one leaving good memories where ever I go. Then there were the less fond times that ushered in piles of turmoil. There were people with dependencies such as alcohol, cigarettes, and light drugs. That seemed to be my fathers generation of millstones. Each new generation has no problem dragging in its shortcomings. My personal problem comes in categorizing all that made up Shelby. Were they bad for me or good for me? Without varying life issues, how does one truly learn to deal with adversity and calm objectivity?
I fondly think of the forest I called my own playground close to old Suttle Street hill
It's the people! That is where it is at. They are the one single item that makes home what it is and continues to create the environment for future visits. It isn't the buildings or civil war monuments. It isn't the drive-in restaurants with waitresses on roller skates. It isn't the old movies houses that are now caving into piles of bricks and crumbling mortar. It is the people who surrounded all that was called "home". We laughed, we cried, we moved in and out of life making waves of wonder. I believe that home will always be home. No matter where we go, we have a desire to look over our shoulders to a place we label "home". It just makes sense. It is a slice of who we were back then matched next to who we have become now. It does not involve the "outside" as much as it speaks to our "inside". As we grow older, we hope to grow wiser no matter the situation. So, thanks old Shelby for another sweet visit and the gentle reunion of smiles from the past! I will always miss you no matter where I am in this world!