By KALEIGH UNDERWOOD
CV&T Staff Reporter
If you have lived in the same place your entire life, it’s easy to overlook the things that make it so great. The bits and pieces that make your home special, tend to get lost in the normalcy of your day-to-day life. As my internship at The Citizen Voice and Times comes to a close, and my time as a Staff Reporter begins, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on this place that has become much like a home to me.
The first day I came to Irvine, I was traveling in the dead of winter for an interview for a summer internship. It was spitting the snow, and bone cold. But I can distinctly remember how beautiful I thought the snow looked on the ground as I crossed the bridge and came into town. The snow coating the banks of the Kentucky River looked magical, and I knew immediately that even if I didn’t get the internship, I would be back.
The mountains that were clinging to a foggy mist that morning were picturesque, only fit for a post card, kind of sight. These are the same mountains that I appreciate every morning now, on my commute to work.
The next thing I saw was Main Street. I arrived early to town for the opportunity to explore, and in driving around, fell in love with the old buildings, and friendly faces that seemed to be smiling despite the weather.
Whenever I got to the CV&T Office, I knew I wanted to stay here. The old hotel on the corner, in all it’s glory, pulled me in. My curiosity was piqued, and I couldn’t wait to see the inside.
Even on my first drive through town, I felt like I knew this place. It seemed as if its quiet streets seemed to greet me with open arms, and I fell right into their embrace.
Since then, my love and appreciation for this community have only grown. I’ve discovered many things about Estill County that make me want to continue to help this place in anyway I can.
I love how people seem to work to keep their local businesses alive here. I know personally I eat at The Twin and Burger Barn as much as possible, because I’m all about shopping local.
I also love how helpful people have been. Whether I’m working on a story, perusing a lead, or just trying to get more familiar with the area, there always seems to be a helping hand outstretched to me.
I have made lifelong friends here. The kind of people that I hope years from now I can still call on.
Mostly, I hope that I have made some sort of difference in my time here. That some story I covered helped someone to gain knowledge, or a column I wrote made someone smile over their morning cup of coffee.
I can’t wait to continue working for this county, to continue exploring, and continue to learn about all the things and people who make Estill County one of my homes away from home.