Home Away from Home

by Eric Mason

Coming back to my hometown is always bittersweet. I love seeing old friends and family, but I am constantly reminded of the fact that I only maintain a partial identity in this town. Few find solitude in a small farming community, but Latham, IL will always be home. My identity will always remain a part of who I am.

I have not spent more than a few days at a time in my hometown. Most summers and winter breaks in college were spent working my on campus job, and I moved to Nevada two weeks after graduation last December. My “home” was Peoria, IL then Las Vegas for the last four years. My life has been elsewhere, despite my family remaining in and around this small town.

These two weeks back in Illinois will most likely be my last long trip back ever. I’ve spent more time with family and friends than I anticipated, but I would not trade it for anything. My hometown is nothing to brag about, but it is still mine. It has given me a chance to recoup from what was the hardest semester of my educational career and prepare for next semester. Regardless of where I live, I am proud of my roots, and even more excited to see what roots of my own I can establish in my own future. 

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