I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and randomly ended up here in Hartsville for a summer in 2003. It seemed everyone I talked to here was so interested in getting out of dodge and checking out places like where I am from. For me, I felt like I had hit the jackpot in this two stoplight town. I dreaded the end of that summer and having to leave this place.
I spent the next few years in Illinois working and starting college, all the while dreaming of Tennessee. What tugged at my heart the most? Those stars. Nowhere I had traveled had a sky quite like the one over Trousdale County. It is the kind of sky that you look up and forget the rest of the world because you are so transfixed in that moment.
That sky drew me back in 2007 when I moved to Lebanon to finish my degree and while most of my friends at Cumberland University graduated and moved closer to wherever home was for them, I fell in love with my future husband and we both decided that after graduation, our life would continue in Tennessee. We lived close to the school on a five year plan that turned into longer, busting our tails to make our dreams come true. What was that dream? A humble country home on a piece of land under that sky that captivated us.
Here we have been for a year now with dreams having become reality. As I write this, the moon is full and clear surrounded by a countless amount of stars that don't seem to be the same ones shining even just a city over. The bugs and frogs are performing an orchestra and the air is rejuvenating my lungs after a busy day. This place is a slice of heaven on Earth. I know that you can find beauty anywhere you look for it, but I truly believe we don't have to look far at all for those of us who call Hartsville our home.