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Richmond, here I come!

May 8, 2012

In one month, my family will be heading off to Richmond, Virginia, a few weeks shy of the fourth anniversary of our moving to Kansas. I’ve been back four times in those four years, and every time, I visit friends and go to places in Richmond I love or want to see.

My trips to Richmond always make me remember the adage “You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.” For 15 years, I lived in the city that was the capital of the Confederacy during the Civil War. I lived less than three hours from Washington, D.C., the Atlantic Ocean, and the Appalachian Mountains. For field trips, I went to Jamestown, Yorktown, Williamsburg, Civil War battlefields, and D.C., among other places. The city in which I lived has so much history; it’s unbelievable. But growing up, I never truly appreciated how epic where I lived was. Sure, I visited all the sites, but I don’t know if I ever really took it all in.

Last summer, I went on Richmond’s Canal Walk, where visitors can walk on various paths around the James River canal and eventually end up at a museum and on a bridge. That bridge made me realize what an incredible place Richmond is, for from that position, I could see a beautiful skyline against nature’s water, and I was standing on the forefront of history. That bridge contained quotes from Abraham Lincoln, for events during the Civil War took place in the exact spot on which I stood. It’s pretty amazing when you think about it – how almost 150 years ago, Richmond was destroyed, and in those last 150 years, so much – so much – has changed.

On that same trip to Richmond, I traveled to Washington, D.C. and hit up all the monuments and a few museums. D.C. is one of my absolute favorite places to visit. It has so much history already, and history is being made every day, but beyond that, most attractions are free. But seriously, actually standing in front of the Library of Congress, touching the Washington Monument, reading Abraham Lincoln’s words on the walls of his memorial, and being in the capital city of our nation is something everyone – history buff or not – should experience.

I’m not sure how much I will actually get to do on this trip to Richmond – it’s more of a visiting family trip than anything else – but I’m excited to just go back to the place it all began for me. I was born in Hartford, Connecticut, but Richmond is the place that made me who I am. The people I met and teachers I had during those 15 years of my life sculpted me, and anything beyond that has just added to the difference that was already made.

I’m looking forward to seeing my family and some friends and being in one of the capitals of history – and the capital of my history.


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