I’ve been living in Houston all my life, but my mother was actually born and raised in Lexington Kentucky. My grandparents moved her and my uncle to Texas when they were teenagers and never intended on moving back. Since I was 4 years old, my mom would send my brother and I down to Lexington to stay during the summer time. The amount of visits I had there as a kid were pretty significant, but as I grew older, traveling each summer to Lexington easily made its way down to the bottom of my priority list.

Lexington is a small city so there wasn’t much to do for entertainment, especially as a pre-teen. The last time I visited Kentucky was for my great grandmother’s funeral in 2007, which was nine years ago. By it being the month of May, it marks the end of the school year and the beginning of summer. Since school is no longer an issue for me, it now only means that I have to attend graduation ceremonies. This year two of my little cousins from Kentucky graduated from high school. So being typical me, I took advantage of the opportunity to travel and made my way out to the Bluegrass State.

Outside of attending two high school graduations, I was really interested in getting a feel for my mother’s hometown from an adult perspective. I always considered Kentucky to be unexciting; yet, I’ve only experienced it as a child. Now that I’m in my twenties, my interests have evolved and I wanted to reevaluate whatever negative notion I had set in my mind about Kentucky. Fortunately, I was pretty content with the outcome of my decision.

During the four days I was there, I have to say that Kentucky is probably one of the most tranquil states I’ve seen so far. It’s crazy how a person’s perspective can change from getting older. I never would imagine Kentucky being this serene nine years ago. I actually come to realize that I misjudged its peacefulness for being a flat out boring place to be. Well I’m glad that I finally grew up.

Most of my time was spent in Lexington, but I also discovered other small cities, such as, Cynthiana and Georgetown located along the outskirts. It’s something about being out in the country that makes you feel at ease. The setting consisted of clear blue skies, trees blowing in the wind, tall green grass, and rustic farm houses concluding with a soothing sunset that I could watch for hours. Sounds simple but it was quite mesmerizing.

The best part of the trip was connecting with distant relatives. Although Lexington is small, it’s home to a plethora amount of my family members, especially cousins. It was interesting to learn more about my ancestry which consists of various types of nationalities, such as, Barefoot Indian, West Indies, and many more. It was also nice to connect with aunts, uncles, and cousins who I haven’t seen in 10+ years and some that I never met before. Another great quality about Kentucky is how kind the people are. I may not know the majority of my Kentucky relatives very well, but each time we meet it feels like I’ve known them my entire life.

Overall, I’m pleased with choosing to come back to Lexington, even though it took me nine years. It may not be the most eventful city to travel to, but it definitely holds a warm place in my heart. It’s basically my home away from home that I should continue to revisit more often.

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