Sporadically Sara: Part of My Heart in the Geographical Center
Ashley’s Note: I am so excited to have Sara on board! We were best friends back in the day and I can’t imagine a better person to contribute to the Tribune. I look forward to reading her “sporadically”!
It has been almost exactly twenty years since I last wrote a column for the Pierce County Tribune. The last time I wrote a column for this paper, I was thanking the community for the immense kindness shown to us as we said goodbye to my dad, Mark Carlson. My dad’s legacy will live forever despite the fact that we only got to spend a short amount of time with him on this earth. I am not a journalist like my father, but I really enjoy writing a column and sharing my life with all of the Tribune readers. I grew up with my Dad writing about my brother and I and all of our shenanigans and now I have grown up and have been given the honor of writing in the same paper that he worked so hard to build.
I no longer live in Rugby but I am not far away, I live in Grand Forks now and have been here since 2002. I originally came to Grand Forks for school and ended up putting down roots. Part of my heart will always be in the Geographical Center of North America. I have so many fond memories of my childhood and teenage years. I am so thankful for all of the great friends that I had growing up and all of the great people that have made me who I am today.
There is nothing I enjoy more than running into an old friend and catching up with them and how their lives have changed over the last fifteen years since we graduated from high school. It still amazes me that we have been out of high school for fifteen years, when it feels like just yesterday that we were all cruising main and studying for Mrs. Richter’s chemistry tests!
I am really looking forward to spending time with all of you loyal readers of the Tribune. I don’t get home as often as I would like to, but I know that writing this column will give me the feeling of being home even if I’m not standing on Highway 2 next to a monument. Although I have moved to a different North Dakota town, there is and always will be a part of my heart that will be in Rugby. I believe that every person that has the honor of spending their childhood or even a good amount of their life in Rugby leaves just a little piece of their heart in Rugby. Perhaps that is why the base of the monument is shaped as a heart.
Happy New Year!
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