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May makes me homesick for my Hoosier homeland

April E. Clark
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
April in Glenwood

I am feeling a lot like Dorothy again, so that means one thing. The month of May is here. And I don’t mean Dorothy as in the responsible character Bea Arthur so classically played on the hit sitcom “Golden Girls.” I mean Dorothy from “The Wizard of Oz.”

Oh yeah, that one.

I kind of have a girl crush on her, even though she’s a made-up character and isn’t actually a real person. But we have plenty of similarities that go beyond our Midwestern roots.

Including shoes that sparkle.

Now that it’s May and I’m coming up to the anniversary of my ninth year living in the Roaring Fork Valley, I certainly know I’m not in Indiana anymore. Just like Dorothy knew she had left Kansas.

Via a pretty scary dream sequence involving Toto.

This realization has not been sudden – my house didn’t just plop down in the middle of Munchkinland yesterday. This has been a gradual process that has involved many big life decisions, as well as a whole lot of trials and tribulations along the way.

Life would be pretty dull if I didn’t have those.

I think I’ve known since I arrived in Carbondale via Jeep all those years ago that I had found my second home in Colorado. Now if I could only afford to buy an actual second home here, I would really know I’m staying put. But I certainly had an inclination that I loved Colorado and would call it home as soon as I set foot in a raft and went camping under more stars filling the sky than I ever thought possible.

Camping during a meteor shower in the West practically made my head explode.

Luckily I still have my head. Although I sometimes lose it a bit when I tweak my back, which I’ve somehow done while bending over to pick up my purse.

Maybe I am feeling this 40-year-old body after all.

I originally came out to Colorado with the idea that I would “just stay a couple of years.”

“I’ll be back in like three years,” were my actual words.

Well, three has turned to nine, and I don’t know where all the time has gone. They say time flies when you’re having fun. But it really flies when there’s so much going on I can’t keep track of it all. That’s how I live my life – with so many creative things to do and so little time.

And yes, that also includes so many jokes to write, so little time.

The month of May always reminds me that I’m not in Indiana anymore. Back in my home state, the month of May is like 30 days of fun and anticipation for the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. Yes, the Indianapolis 500 means more to me than most holidays.

Except Christmas and my birthday, of course.

I consider the Indy 500 to be the epitome of Hoosierness. Until now I don’t believe the word Hoosierness existed, and I am all about expanding the English language. So this word will go down in history from this date forward as a term that means, “having characteristics related to being a Hoosier; or one who lives a Hoosier lifestyle.” Those characteristics might include watching basketball and having a propensity to throw chairs when the game gets hairy.

Basketball is that serious in Indiana.

Hoosierness is spending the entire month of May gearing up for a 500-mile race that involves camping out the night before and tailgating like it’s a Big 10 football game. Hoosierness is having a special appreciation for Garfield the Cat, David Lee Roth of Van Halen fame, and Janet from “Three’s Company.” All three are products of the Hoosier state.

Remember that in case a chance arises to compete on “Jeopardy.”

Despite all the reasons I love my home state, Colorado has become my second home because, well, it’s about the most beautiful place in the world. There are so many rivers and mountains to explore, and so little time to do it all. Maybe that’s why three years has turned into nine.

And I’m still wondering where all the time has gone.

– “April in Glenwood” appears every Wednesday. April E. Clark will be watching the Indy 500 on TV, something not all Hoosiers can do because the race is blacked out there. She can be reached at

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