Monday, May 29, 2006

Long time, no see.

You walk down the street of a place where you haven't been for awhile. A lot has changed, new shops have opened and items that were there now aren't. It's been along time since you graced the town where you grew up, going to University in a town far away has meant you can't allways make it back as often as you'd like.

There are reasons to come back and reasons not to:

The reasons to come back are simple and delightful, to see your family, to see old pals and to trigger great memories. The reasons not to are that the town where you grew up has become chav central and a hotspot for young people with nothing better to do than to sit on the floors of the local shopping centre in groups, intimidating shoppers and passers by. Thankfully the latter only happens at certain times of day, so it's not that bad.

Another reason not to go back is that you, as a person have changed, you are no longer the same person who left the town many months ago. You've had to deal with criminals, drunk people, students with nothing better to do than cause trouble. Having to deal with all the above has made you a tad more skeptical than you were when you left and also more sarcastic.

But that all changed when something happened, it was like a lightbulb came on in your head. You were standing at the checkout of a stationary store, you glanced to your left and you saw a beautiful sight, a sight you haven't seen for months, a sight that you could never get enough of, her name is Sophie. You go over to her, start chatting, talking about how she is doing, her life and how she's grown up too, she's got responsibilities. She's only sixteen and she manages to hold down a job, she manages to be mature enough to have a conversation with you and make eye contact. Not many girls at her age can do that, she's got a gift, to you she is unique.

You once watched a TV Show, in it was a man who once said:

'Even when there is dark all around, you can always find something that will make you smile.'


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