It’s the inevitable response I receive when I’m listing off where I’ve been and where I’m going. Springfield, Missouri?!?!
But what they don’t know is Springfield is where dreams come true, I know, I’ve got the t-shirt.
Back when Y2k was on everyone’s mind, The Matrix was released, people lined up for days to see The Phantom Menace… shortly followed by people moaning for days about The Phantom Menace, Helen Clark was elected Prime Minister, Clinton was screwing around, a couple of kids shot up their Colorado school, and a little-punk version of myself attended Kickapoo High School in Springfield, Missouri as a foreign exchange student.
Fast forward 4 years and a slightly bigger-less-little-punk version of myself was watching Michael Jordan’s last All-Star game when it dawns on him that, this is it, this is MJ’s last year… this the last time he will play… this is the last opportunity to see him play…
Within the space of a few weeks a planned pilgrimage to witness the games greatest play for the first, and last time had ballooned from 3 weeks to 3 months (haha history repeats itself).
And as much as seeing MJ play live (Duncan, T-Mac, KG as well) will be forever imprinted in my mind, another highlight for me was meeting with a group of guys and doing life & faith with them… it would prove to be a profound and significant few months for me.
10 years. It’s been 10 years since I was here last.
I was greeted by snow & more arrived while I was here, which unfortunately meant a couple of people I’d hoped to catch up with were unable to make the drive, but I was blessed to be able to catch up with four of them, we even gathered in the same house.
10yrs since we’d gathered together.
It’s made a nice bookend of time. Given me two firm benchmarks to reflect on life in-between, to ponder the journey been & what lies ahead. It was certainly a highlight of my time here, seeing how lifes change, challenges & journey has played out amongst their lives.
It’s been bliss. It’s been beautiful.
I’ve been blessed with fellowship, friendship & the generosity of others.
I’m super excited with the journey some of my friends are on & look forward to what the future brings them.
And to think I almost didn’t make this part of the trip due to money & time. Next time will have to be sooner than 10 years.
Springfield, Missouri – Where Dreams Come True 🙂