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Growing up in Grand County: You become accustomed to …

Rachel Linke
Sky-Hi Daily News Teen Staff

Growing up in Grand County is an experience in itself. It is one, that at times is not looked upon with pleasure; even so, it is one that I would never trade.

Many of the good things about growing up here are downfalls to some people, or just downfalls at times. We are unique up here in the mountains.

You can see the same things you might see in Denver but on a smaller level, with a different twist, yet we are unique, individual, and all our own up here in our mountain community.

Growing up we have grown accustomed to . . .

The planning and time consuming process it takes for just a trip to the mall.

Walking the halls with your teachers, some the same ones a parent received homework from in a Grand county past.

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The class clown in elementary school may be very different now but still knows your name.

Quite easily I could name almost everyone in my class and possibly which elementary school they came from. Ask me about the kids from my elementary school and I could probably pull at least one memory for every person. As we were stirred together for the first time as middle school students, we mixed and mingled, changed and chattered. We all hold commonalities: The rapid flash of our Grand County summers. Many months watching our breaths outline themselves against the air, and battling the packed drift barricading the entire road, demanding a toll to pass.

We are isolated from bigger communities, sometimes people think the translation means hicks. True, we live here free from rush hours, smog, and thousands of other people. But we are just regular people, people of every type, people that have known their fellow people from the first day of school, people living an experience of a lifetime whether or not they realize or appreciate it.

That’s growing up in Grand County.

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