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Going Home Again Driving past the large rectangular sign proclaiming Welcome to Shea Town Home of the Wolverines Population 9325 my heart-inured to most everything-bumped in my chest I began to sweat despite the early-November chill that penetrated my shirt and sweater I was wearing I could not believe how many different emotions where going through me Going home again after 15 years was not going to be as easy as I had thought In just one glimpse all my emotions where pulsing through me quicker then they had in the all the time I had lived in Denver About forty yards beyond the sign I slowed down my rented dark green Volvo at a small unassuming bungalow The farmhouse that I had grown up where I had lost my first tooth hunted for Easter eggs in the tall grass that grows in the backyard learned how to shoot hoops milked cows and feeding chickens I pressed hard on the accelerator going past the farmhouse as fast as I could I did not want to deal with that part of my past Maybe I could deal with my parents not being there any longer after a nice nights sleep in the town Inn In about five miles the town proper came into view-an image straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting It ornate three-story houses of brick or weathered clapboard nestled on streets of brick with maples and elms providing a stately prelude to the business district Once Id loved the quite roadways with sparse traffic and just a few pedestrians strolling along at a lazy pace Now when I leave my apartment in Denver I run into scores of people At first glance the town did not look like it had changed much The book store the main grocery the shoe store and the post office where all the same But as I got further down Main Street I saw that
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