With city eyes

Posted April 4, 2018 at 4:51 pm

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This will be a new column in the Akron Hometowner from 2006 A-W graduate Brendan Uhl.

By Brendan Uhl

I headed north on Highway 12. Life had happened, as it often does, and my engagement to be married had ended unexpectedly. I was headed home to stay for the first time in over a decade. The drive from Sioux City to Akron was filled with the bittersweet self-reflection that only the winds of change could inspire, but the sunset to the west kept it all in perspective, as the deer in the east kept me alert.

Turning right on to Reed Street, I couldn’t help but notice the small-town dream that Akron is. All the businesses right there on the main street. A couple folks standing outside the grocery store, chatting away. After everything that had seemingly gone wrong in the last month, this somehow felt right. Sometimes it takes a leave of absence and an unexpected return to help us appreciate what we once took for granted.

In 2006 I was 18, graduating from Akron-Westfield High, and most certainly taking everything for granted, as most of us do at that age. My grandparents, Bob and Mary Lou Klemme and Jack and Margaret Correia, can be my witness to the fact.

Now 30 with two kids and more life experience than I ever would have asked for, it’s funny how my perspective has changed.

The night-time air is just a bit quieter here; a crisp smell to the air. And the stars: My, oh my, the stars are so much brighter. The smiles come a little easier, and a person has to once again get used to waving at everyone on the highway.

It’s good to be back, Akron; I’d like to get reacquainted. Maybe it’s just me, but it seems that there is so much to talk about. So many things left unsaid, topics unexplored, stories untold. My hope for this column is to explore some new ideas, hone my writing skills, entertain wildly, and encourage participation from the community.

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