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I Never Knew
By Jennifer Seeley
I never knew leaving Grand Rapids last summer
That I would miss my ugly dog Scrappy.
I didn’t have to worry about him following
My every move, or barking at every little sound that came from outside
I never thought I’d miss hearing my uncle come home from work
saying “Hey kiddo how was your day?”
But I miss it, and I’d do anything to hear it again.
I never knew I’d miss waking up to the sound of a rooster
crowing at the crack of dawn
but I actually miss it quite a lot.
I also never knew I’d miss the big town of Grand Rapids,
I’m counting down the days until I can go back.
I miss everything about that place: the people, Pokegama Lake, Tall Timber Day,
The farmers market and even the middle age man standing on the corner of the
Highway with his over sized boom box.
If where being honest, it’s the only place I can really call home.
It’s where I’m the happiest, and I miss being happy.
Every time I leave, I feel like I’m leaving a part of me.
I’ve lost my old self; I really miss the person I once was.
13 days left of school, and I’ll be Grand Rapids bound.
I’m counting the days as they slowly drag on.
I never knew in a million years I’d miss a town so much.