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August 11, 2013

Being reminded of home

NORMAN — I’ve been insanely homesick lately. Seems like summer is always harder to be away from “home.”

It’s probably because during my collegiate days, I, willingly, couldn’t wait to go back home. It was there I didn’t have to lug my clothes up two flights of stairs to do laundry like I did at my apartment complex.

Summers meant that I could do anything with my personal money because my parents funded most of my adventures, such as gasoline in the car and food. Electric bills were off the table and I never had to take out the trash. It was, indeed, summertime and livin’ easy.

But, also, there are the many beautiful Kansas summers that I’ve kept in my mind. The perfect sunsets. The extra hours of daylight were always appreciated when we were younger. The longer day meant that the chore of pre-bedtime bath was prolonged just a few more hours. Important things when you’re too busy playing to take time for hygiene.

I don’t know if this has just been a good year for sunflower growing, but I’ve noticed more and more crops this year in the inner city. I’d personally like to thank each and every sunflower farmer in the area for planting this bright yellow flower. Not only are they pleasing to the eye, but you’ve no idea how much easier being homesick is when you have a little piece of Kansas right in your backyard.

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Another reason I’ve been homesick this week is that I found out a high school classmate of mine died. I heard the news days before I ever saw an obituary. It was shocking that early morning when I read the news online.

But still, for some reason seeing the fact that someone at the young age of 39 was taken from this world was still hard to comprehend. After the third or fourth time I read his obituary, things started to become real.

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