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You can take the girl out of Texas ... - April Avison

My mother called me last week to say that after seven years of living in Colorado Springs, Colo., she and my father are moving back to Texas.

Ah, yes, another good excuse to visit my homeland. Sure, Aspen is nice in the wintertime, and there's good shopping to be done in Boulder, but my favorite city in the world will always College Station, Texas.

My family moved to College Station when I was 7 years old and I lived there until I finished college at Texas A&M in 1999. I moved to Atlanta in 2000, and I have been back to College Station once since then, for my sister's wedding.

I've missed my favorite bars and restaurants, and the ease with which I could navigate this city. Mind you, I still don't drive in downtown Atlanta for fear of getting lost or going the wrong way on a one-way street. In College Station, since I lived there for 15 years, I knew where everything was. I never had to ask for directions, although I'm sure I would if I went back now. I understand it's grown and changed quite a bit since I left it in my rearview mirror.

I get to go back next summer for my 10-year high school reunion. I've contacted a couple of old high school friends to see if they're going, and they have made fun of me and replied with an unequivocal "no."

I think they're a little surprised that I would want to go back to the horrors of high school, but it's not that I want to see the people from my graduating class, with the exception of maybe a handful – the ones who aren't going – but I want to go to College Station. I want to get a beer at Duddley's Draw and a burrito from Freebirds and. I want to visit the church that my family attended every Sunday morning for as long as I can remember.

I want to go to the mall where my friend Christie and I used to walk around for hours checking to see if the bookstore had the latest Babysitters Club installment and checking out the cute boys from our class. I want to go to an Aggie baseball game at Olsen Field and a community theater production at the 'Magination Station.

The truth is, I love Georgia and I've often said that moving here was the best thing I could have done for myself. I needed change of scenery, this awesome job at the Daily Herald and a new place to live. But, still, no matter where I go or what I do, there's no place like home.

April Avison is the city editor of the Daily Herald. Her column appears on Mondays. She can be reached at (770) 957-9161 or via e-mail at aavison@h enryherald.com.