edu180atl: amber raley 8.11.11
In the last 24 hours I have been educated on the value of a local community and the importance of home. I recently relocated back to Atlanta and have very much missed “home.”
It all started last night when I got in the car and unexpectedly heard my high school sweetheart singing a love song on the radio. Next I went to a show where I heard a slew of local musicians at a free concert organized by Nophi, a local record label that supports these musicians even though they’re not on the label. The local love continued at the bank today as the local community bank, Decatur First, helped me resolve an issue quickly and easily that I doubt would have been handled by a large, national bank. Today I also got my library card at the local branch, and I was greeted with great information and smiles. Finally, I went to one of my favorite places in the world, my Alma Mater, Agnes Scott College. Just stepping on campus gave me a warm feeling of belonging.
I know that I still have much to learn and discover in the wider world, but for now I’m happy that I’ve regained my sense of home and have found myself welcomed back in the community. A valuable lesson indeed, to know where my heart is at home.
Amber Raley (@araley) is from Kirkwood, Atlanta, GA, USA. She is a swimmer, runner, soccer keeper, Agnes Scott and RiceU Alum, DynamoFan, and ktruDJ