Spring Break is the coveted week where we, as students of OCU, get to go on road trips with our friends, take our first trip to New York City or stay in Oklahoma City, lounging and doing as we please.
Or, we go home. I am a member of the latter group, and I drove the 11 hours back home to Colorado with my mom.
Going back home is always strange, and I really start to notice the differences between being at home and being in Oklahoma City.
In honor of those observations, here is a list of the differences between my two homes.
1. Colorado is beautiful. Yes, Oklahoma has spectacular sunsets, but they are nothing compared to the mountains of my home state.
2. Trendy Chacos, Birkenstocks, “active wear,” men with long hair, and the overall “natural look” has become quite fashionable in Oklahoma City lately. But, that’s how the entire state of Colorado has dressed for all eternity. It’s really weird that anybody would purchase and wear Chacos as a fashion statement.
3. When I go to work with makeup on in Colorado, people ask if I’m going out after work. When I go to class at OCU without makeup, people ask if I’m sick.
4. When I drive to work in Norman, there is this glorious, digital billboard that just says “TRUMP” in aggressive red letters. Since being back in Colorado, I have not seen any Trump paraphernalia anywhere, and I haven’t had a panic attack in my car. Correlation or causation?
5. My nose has bled a total of eight times since being back in the high, dry altitude of the Rockies. Oklahoma climate is so much nicer to my sinuses.
6. I have smelled the aroma of the plant for which Colorado is so known… once. One time. Back in Oklahoma City, it’s at least a biweekly occurrence.
In short, I have observed and compared quite a bit since my return. I am ready to go back, but I always miss my home. OCUlater, ColoRADo.