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Who Says You Can’t Go Home Again? An Unexpected Visit To My Hometown: Ponca City, OK

It’s been a little over 6 years since I visited my hometown – Ponca City, OK. But, on Wednesday, I had to make the unexpected journey up that direction.

Although the reason behind the trip to Northern Oklahoma wasn’t a happy one (an uncle passed away), I tried to make the most of it.

Death of family & friends always seems to make me nostalgic.

Maybe an emotional response when I contemplate my own mortality, I suppose?

Even though the parents in line to pick up their kids that afternoon stared at me like I was a crazy person, I managed to snap a picture standing in front of the sign of my old school – Liberty Elementary School. I have great memories of my teachers & friends there.

Big Dave at Liberty Elementary School in Ponca City, OK

And something that brought up even more emotions was taking selfies in front of my Grandparents’ & Great-Grandparents’ old houses. It wasn’t until I stood in front of them that I realized just how much I miss seeing & talking to them.

Since my Grandparents & Great-Grandparents raised me from when I was 6 months old to around 8 years old, my earliest & strongest memories are of these two homes. Riding my BIG WHEEL up & down the sidewalks. Learning to ride a bike. Playing with my Star Wars action figures, Hot Wheels, & G.I. Joe.

Fun times.

In fact, I’m pretty sure some of my G.I. Joe figures are buried in one of the flower beds!

Big Dave at his Grandparents' old house in Ponca City, OK

Big Dave at his Great-Grandparents' old house in Ponca City, OK

I also made a point to make a stop at one of the most recognizable monuments in Ponca City.

While Denison, TX has the Eisenhower Statue off Hwy 75 & Durant, OK has the World’s Biggest Peanut – the Pioneer Woman statue & museum is a must-see if you ever make your way to that part of Kay County.

Funny thing is, once I posted some of these pictures up on social media, several of my old friends from Ponca reached out to me wondering why I was in town & asking to meet up.

Didn’t get the chance that visit, but now I have a new excuse to make another trip to my Hometown. They say you can’t go back home, but I certainly felt at home being there. Hopefully, it won’t take me another 6 years to visit again.

 



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