I have come to the realization that I am a townie.
A Townie, as described by www.urbandictionary.com is this:
Townie (noun):Outside of England, this is a term used by students who have went to a new city for school to describe the natives of that town. It is often seen as derogatory by those who use it, but townies themselves often embrace it as a badge of honour.
Now, I have gone to school, graduated with a degree, have a job within my degree - but beside all those things, I reside in the same town where I grew up.
Some people scoff at this, like I am a failure in some way - but the truth of the matter is, I never planned for my life to take this direction - it just happened. And I love it. I REALLY LOVE IT.
And what makes it bearable is my friends - the other "accidental townies" whose lives have followed a similar path and brought us all back home to an rural Wisconsin water-town.
We made a list.
A list of things to do during the summer. An essential summer. An endless summer.
Ladies and Gents, I present to you
- Classic / Horror Movie Afternoon
- Como Zoo
- Road Trip to Spring Green, WI
- Road Trip to Anywhere
- Saints' Game
- Jay's Roof
- Summer Concert / Festival
- Free Thursday at the Walker
- Be Beached Whales
- Zach's Trampoline
- Jenna's Cabin
- The Barn
- Willow River Waterfall
- Apple River Tubin'
- Scavenger Hunt / Geocaching
- Arts & Farts & Crafts
- Bike Rides / Tour de Franzia
- Bar Chart
- TA Truck Stop Breakfast
- Nostalgic Yearbook Day
- Fun Runs
- Minnesota State Fair
- County Fair
- Fondue / Cook outs
- Chalk Drawing
- Fun Fest
- Brew Beer
- Cultivate an Herb Garden / Grow Something
A lot of these things we have already done, a lot of these things have been forgotten. I hope I am able to cross some of these things off my list. I heard on the radio that the summer of your 24th year is supposed to be the best time of your life - so far it's just been hot and stupid.
But here's to optimism. The summer isn't over yet.