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2009-07-02 / Community News

Hometown Girl Returns to Her Roots

Crystal Suehs, who grew up most of her life in Lexington, had been given a writing assignment in one of her college classes. The following is a piece from her memoirs entitled, Moving Day. It is touching and will certainly "hit home" for many young people who grew up in one place, only to find themselves forced to move to a difference place at a critical time in their lives. Unlike many young people, however, Crystal discovered opportunity and was able to return to her roots years later. Here's Crystal, in her own words:

Moving Day

From the bus I could already see the moving truck parked at the back door. Walking up the driveway, I felt like my heart would stop beating at any moment. I couldn't hold back the tears that were welling up in my eyes. Why was he doing this to us? I hated my dad.

I had lived in Lexington for fifteen years. This was our home. To me, Lexington was the best place for anyone to live. My dad had been given a job opportunity in West Texas that he felt was too good of an offer to pass up. The rest of our family did not agree. We were moving seven hours from Lexington and that meant seven hours away from everyone and everything that I loved; my family, friends and sports.

I played second base on the Varsity softball team, and was the only girl on our team that had ever hit a home run out of the park. I was important! Everyone knew me and everyone knew that I was good at softball. That wouldn't be the case in my new town. No one would know who I was and the thought of starting over in the middle of my high school career petrified me. Never having been a "jump in" kind of person, and more of a "toe dipper," this move was a major adjustment for me.

In my fifteen year old mind I thought that this move was the end of all happiness. Little did I know that this was just a step that would lead me to where I am today. One door did close that day; but later — much later — I realized that a hundred more doors had opened.

As the years have passed, I've realized that my parents had made the right decision for me and our family. I received many opportunities that I would have missed out on had we stayed in our hometown. But, I did finally return to Lexington to begin my teaching career, and I couldn't think of a better place to have started this new chapter in my life. I was so excited to be teaching the children that reminded me so much of my younger self. I have a love for that town that only another Lexington native could understand. Lexington is, and forever will be, my home.

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