As move in day is quickly approaching, I can't help but be bittersweet about leaving my hometown again. It's funny... All throughout high school I couldn't wait to leave this place, get away, and have a fresh start. Once college started, I was so excited to experience life on my own (for the most part). After being away for a year, I realized I had taken my hometown for granted and I missed it. Not just my home with my own bed and good food, but my town. I had missed taking trips to HEB and running into at least 5 people I knew. I had missed getting snow cones everyday from this little stand that has been in my town ever since I was in elementary school. I had missed seeing my friends and family. I missed Bastrop.
Bastrop has grown immensely... I still don't know if I like that or not lol. But last weekend was Bastrop Homecoming. **For those of you who don't know what this is, it's basically a week long of activities. There's high school reunions, a parade, rodeo, carnival, and a dance/concert. I usually go every year if I get the chance. It's a pretty big deal in this town, especially if your family is from the area like mine is (my granny had her 50th class reunion 2 years ago and my dad and uncle also went to Bastrop High School). ANYWAYS. I was super excited because this year it actually felt like a "homecoming" because most of my friends and I were away at college so we all got to come together that weekend. And lemme tell ya... It was awesome. Friday night Pat Green played for us and that was probably one of the best concerts I've ever attended. Y'all know (those of you that are from a small town) that there is seriously nothing better than a get together with all of your friends, listening to Texas Country, two steppin, and having a great time. Nothing better. (I might be a little biased)
The point to my post this week is, don't take your hometown for granted. If you are already in college like I am, whenever you go home over breaks, appreciate it just a little bit more next time. Go see old friends and catch up. Go backroading. Go eat at your favorite Mexican restaurant. If you are about to graduate or if you're still in high school... Take it all in. And I mean ALL of it. I know right now you want to get as far away from here as possible, but I promise you, you are going to miss it. Even if it's just a little bit.
If it wasn't for my hometown, I wouldn't be me. Period. It has made me appreciate the little things. The small town life may not be for everyone, but it has been my whole life. It gives me comfort knowing that wherever I end up in life, I can always come home.
Not the best quality but PAT FREAKIN GREEN!!!! :)))
Farrah and I at homecoming