We slightly adjusted our route home and found ourselves in Lubbock Texas. Many years ago, I graduated from High School a year early craving independence, and something new. Full of hopes and dreams I packed my bags, kissed Mama and Daddie goodbye and hit the road. I bought a little beagle and moved into my first apartment. I lived off of stir fry noodles and peanut butter and jelly. Somehow in this new town with wide open views I turned from a girl to a young woman. I wrote a bunch of nonsense in a journal, read Lord of the Rings a bajillion times, watched West Texas red sunsets and found myself in Lubbock. Driving through this town reminds me of all the dreams I had and makes me aware that I'm living my dream I didn't dare to hope for.