Wine used to be a very classy drink—or at least that’s how I interpreted it when I was younger. All of the names sounded so fancy: Sauvignon blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot. So it must be fancy people drinking them, right?
I didn’t realize how lucky I was when I was growing up. My parents’ home has two large side yards and a large backyard. When my siblings and I were kids, we would play in the yard every day with our neighborhood friends.
OK, picture this: It’s 6 a.m. It’s dark and kind of cold. It’s a Monday. You are already at work because you are a newspaper reporter and you sometimes fill in on the super-early cops shift. What are you drinking?
In a perfect world, I would tally all of your votes for Local Faves, see which local businesses won and then go out and test the winners to make sure they’re worthy. I’d enjoy tons of delicious food and shop all the best boutiques. I would meet the who’s-who of Stark County and try all of the top-tier services. I’d enjoy all kinds of festivals and fun.
I loved school, and if time travel existed, I would go back to those childhood years. And not even for any do-overs, although a few would be nice. Mostly just to relive the freedom of being a kid. Pick a grade, any grade, and there are fond memories. Safety Patrol in elementary school. Junior high basketball.
It has been almost 10 years since I started my first day of college. I remember being bogged down by my backpack that held my laptop, a notebook for every class and every book needed for those classes, plus my lunch. I was a commuter if you couldn’t guess. And I was just like every other freshman, easily spotted from a mile away with a dumbfounded look on my face and class schedule in my hands.
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