I’m just an Ohio girl living in this big ole world! Regardless of where my feet lead me, or life chooses to take me….I’ll always be a native of the Buckeye State. Yes, it’s true, I love living in warmer climates, but there’s something special about being from Cleveland. We are die hard sports fans, despite enduring repeated upset, and loyal at heart to the things most dear to us. No, we’re not perfect, and we certainly get it wrong at times, but when it boils down to it, it’s the resilient spirit that keeps us going. They refer to us as “The Mistake By the Lake,” but nothing could be farther from the truth. We are actually more like, “A Diamond in the Rough.” We are hard working, family oriented and protective to say the least. Though life has taken me in many directions since I left Ohio for college at almost 18, I have not forgotten this. Side bar- 18 really wasn’t that long ago..haha, not telling my age :). Anyhow…get back on track Candace. When I do get the chance to spend time in the great state of Ohio with family and friends, it always brings back fond memories. Yes, it’s true that I am not a fan of snow, but I couldn’t imagine having grown up anywhere else in this world. My roots are in Cleveland. My family and childhood friends live there. It will always be home regardless of where I live. There’s nothing like the simple joys of seeing the smiling faces of the people in this world that look most like you- family! Then there’s the occasional drive past certain places that remind you of happy times before life got a hold of you. Like the church I grew up in where I performed in my first Christmas program, or my dad’s favorite BBQ joint that he frequented, what seemed like weekly, or even the bakery that sells my mom’s favorite cake. I remember playing video games on my brother’s Atari (ok, so I might’ve just given my age away with this one….but I was really, really young when it came out..lol,) or bothering one of my two sister’s as a kid. Life was simple then, and times were easy. It’s gotten more complicated as I’ve grown. When i get overly perplexed, I can just hang onto the lessons that my parents taught me to help get over the hump. It’s no surprise I’ve been able to make it this far. The rules were, and still are simple; God, family and friends, work (which has turned into “purpose,”) and self last. Things must remain In that exact order because anything else is going to cause confusion.
I can’t say what the future holds, but today I’ll be grateful for my upbringing. Cheers to you O-H-I-O!!!
Yep, no matter where God takes me….I’m just an Ohio girl….living in this big ole world!
Just an Ohio Girl at heart on Queen Street in Niagara Falls, Ontario
Candace on the loose in Canada