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August 23, 2010

The homecoming secret

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — To the editor:

The secret is simple. Homecoming isn’t for people to come home to; it’s for people who are already here. When you look at the scheduling you realize that it’s actually a going-away party. Many colleges aren’t starting school until after homecoming week; county schools will have just recently started. In a town where the constant complaint is that there is nothing to do, the homecoming planners are providing an alternative to the normal.

This year we are celebrating Laurel County. Many of us who have gone away to college did so with the goal of putting as much distance between ourselves and home as we can — we’ve even been known to travel all the way to Richmond. What homecoming lets you do is to take a part of the county back with you — not your family, or your dog, or the supposed-to-be-24-hour restaurants that aren’t open 24 hours. You get to take back some of your roots.

Your parents and your grandparents went to the homecoming. Was that where they went on their first date? Did your mom and dad hold hands while making jokes about some of the tackier trinkets on sale? Maybe grandpa tried stealing his first kiss behind the mill, in front of an audience of ducks. Maybe none of the above, but, probably, something else, and if not then you’ve got your own memories to make.

For all of us who drive around all weekend killing the ozone and complaining of nothing to do, until Aug. 22 you can park at any of the homecoming events and enjoy where you come from, because when you forget about your roots, your tree falls over.

Andrew Depew

Laurel County Homecoming Committee

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