Last month I went back to Ohio for my yearly return. I should go more than once a year, I know and it’s something I’m trying to work on. I usually return once a year to see the family and friends and of course shove food in my face from my favorite eateries.
It’s funny how as a kid I couldn’t wait to bust out of my small town and see the world. Now its funny as a grown man I can’t wait to go back and take it easy. The reason I left small town Ohio is now the reason I absolutely love it. It’s a small town. It seems years behind the real world. You’re never in a rush. It’s life in simplicity.
“A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.” – George A Moore
When I was home I would have my morning coffee on the back porch with the sun in full force and clear blue skies. Looking out over the back field and seeing cars in the distance. I was thinking then what I always thought as a kid. Wondering where that car was off too? When I got older I would be that car taking off and going out into the world. I never dreamt as that car going off into the world that I would some day be back in small town Ohio being perfectly fine with the fact I was back in small town Ohio.
In the evening I sat on the back porch drinking a beer while the sun went down and talked to my Dad about life and the future. He thinks I have one. Bless his heart. I couldn’t help but notice how deafening the birds and crickets and whatever the hell those things are that make so much damn noise. Locusts? I don’t know but they remind me so much of my childhood summers. I love that sound. I’m emotional enough as it is and now with the beers. Oh gosh. The lightning bugs filled the back field and yard. One thing I noticed out in the country the moon seems so much brighter. It’s like God’s nightlight. It’s beautiful.
The simple things I thought were so simple and mundane, I took for granted, have now become the simple things that bring a smile to my face.
In a world full of rush and push and shove, it’s nice to not have to hurry anywhere. I live in New York and have friends that have never seen my apartment. Not that it’s anything to see but in Ohio people hang out at each others houses for the simple fact that they are friends and hanging out with each other at the house is just something friends do. In a world full of technology and phones, I hope this never changes back in Ohio.
People of the world go on vacation only to be on their phones to keep in touch with what they left behind. I never understood this. You had to get away from the stress only to take it with you?
I will never go back to Ohio and bring my stress with me. I won’t do that to you Ohio. You have my word. Keep your small town mentality. Keep going to your friends houses. Meet at the diner and get to know the waitress. Don’t let the weight of the world bring you down and change you. Keep being you. Keep being human. Let the good life and simple life keep you humble and I will always be glad to to see you.
“Some people are so poor, all they have is money”
**Photos are from my brothers train board. Pretty cool huh?!