My small Nebraska town is so different from this. My Nebraskan stretch of street, my block, was and is occupied by a small handful of families. But here. Oh here the lives are crammed into short spaces, smaller rooms with high ceilings. Every lit up window an entirely different living scene from its neighbouring window. All that buzzing familiness. All those students crammed into five rooms with the kitchen the only shared space. It’s such a different way of living.
I’m thankful for my upbringing and whatever happened all those years ago has given me confidence to choose a life very different from how I began. Exactly 39 years ago today.