Hometown Favorites

April 10, 2015

What’s a favorite place in your hometown? Some of our boarding students shared their thoughts…

During my time at SSM, I have been away from home for quite awhile, and I can’t help but to think about my home and the experiences I’ve had there in my downtime. I remember the lake, the dogs, the friends, and the schools. However, the most memorable thing from back home is the “backwoods.” I live in Mansfield, Texas, a small town south of Dallas. Behind my house, there are about six square acres of forest with winding rivers and tall trees. When I moved to my house at six years old, I never thought to go back there and I was even a little bit scared of it. The day I turned eight years old, my brothers and I were playing football and our ball went over the fence and into the woods. We first thought to abandon it, but we decided that we should go get it.  My oldest brother led the way and we followed. What we found changed my childhood forever. We found that the woods were a beautiful place with animals, winding rivers, and space to do whatever we wanted. Over the next five years, we took full advantage of the back woods. We made tree houses, forts, played paintball, explored and overall really had a great time. As we grew older, we grew away from those woods. My oldest brother, who is 18, hasn’t stepped in those woods for two years. I still go back there from time to time and see constant reminders of all the good times we had. The back woods are by far my favorite place in my hometown.  - Ryan Drkulec ’19