Describe the town where you grew up.The summer after i finished 1st grade my family moved to a small town in MN. It was absolutely the perfect town to be a kid. Our neighborhood was FULL of kids. We were all outdoors playing together all the time….it didn’t matter what age you were, everyone joined in playing together. We’d play tag, hide and seek, kick the can, shadow tag, pickup games of ball….we’d put on plays in our back yards. my friends and I would walk to the library together, check out books and walk home together. There were 3 colleges in the town at the time [now only 2 remain]. The town itself was only a couple of miles wide (with the Mississippi River on one side and a lake on the other) and maybe 10 miles long[not sure of the length now].
Many families had boats and we’d waterski, camp and ride around on the river. Wintertime brought sledding—and ice skating on the lake. It was idyllic. We moved back to Minneapolis when i was partway through 6th grade—and Minneapolis was idyllic too. The city was easily conquerable via bus—and at a young age i was permitted to travel around via bus–and even take the train back to Winona to visit friends. We lived in Minneapolis and a suburb of St Paul for a few years before moving on to the Chicago area for the rest of my hs years. All in all, the towns where I grew up were extraordinary, each in their own way. School, family, friends, and God were important parts of the culture in each town. I found acceptance and love more than rejection and sorrow in each of these places. These experiences are at my core and gave me the chance to become a perennial optimist.