The song “Roots” the country group Parmalee sings makes me think of home.
The chorus of the song always reminds me that no matter where I go my roots will always stay with me.
“No I can’t outrun these roots
Even if I wanted to
‘Cause they run too strong, run too deep
Cutting right through the heart of me
No it don’t matter where I plant these boots
Can’t outrun these roots
I can’t outrun these roots.”
I went off to college and left Boone County many years ago. Granted I did not go very far, but there was always a part of me that never felt at home and always something that brought me back.
I came home to see family. I came home to see my boyfriend (now my husband). I came home to do laundry (grandma would often volunteer to do this).
I came home on weekends. I came home on holidays. If I didn’t have to work I came home.
I know you see a pattern here. I always came home.
Often in movies and television shows I have watched I have seen people talk of how much they wanted out of their small town. But why is it by the end they always return to the small town life.
In the city whether it be Charleston, Huntington (where I went to live) or a city much larger than these, things are always faster paced. It was always such a constant race to get things accomplished.
There is something to be said about small town life. Things are usually simpler. In most cases there is always time to stop and smell the roses. And there is always time to “sit a spell” and talk to your neighbors.
No matter where I go or what I do Boone County will always be home. And like the song goes, “I can’t outrun these roots.”
Heather Kinder is a reporter for the Coal Valley News. She can be contacted at 304-307-3104, [email protected] or on Twitter @CVN_hkinder.