I am currently attending the greatest university on the planet, The Ohio State University. But before I came to college, I lived in a small town in Ohio named Milan. For those of you who don’t know where that is, don’t worry, you’re not alone. It’s about 15 minutes away from Sandusky, and its claim to fame is being the birthplace of Thomas Edison. Living in Columbus for three years now has made going back home a weird experience.
It’s strange to go from the bustling city environment with large buildings and people, to the country landscape with farms as far as the eye can see. The town I grew up in has a population of just more than 1,000, and of those people, I’d say about 65 percent are 50 or older! Compare that to Columbus, which is home to more than 800,000 people. Back home, just about everyone knows one another and are always in each other’s personal business, and I was so excited to leave all of that behind when I went off to school. Also, the town’s “night scene” consists of six antique shops. Being in college, a weekend of antiquing doesn’t quite cut it for me.
Luckily, I have one outlet at my disposal in my home town, The Wonder Bar. The lone bar in Milan has withstood the test of time and always welcomes me back with open arms. A big reason I make it back home is because it is the place where most of my family and old friends still live, so it’s always nice to go up North and reconnect with some familiar faces that I haven’t seen in a while. On top of that, I get to enjoy home-cooked meals and play with my dog. Even though I consider Columbus to be my new home, I’ll always have a soft-spot for the town that made me who I am today.