Today’s daily prompt is Tunnel Vision:
You’ve been given the ability to build a magical tunnel that will quickly and secretly connect your home with the location of your choice — anywhere on Earth. Where’s the other end of your tunnel?
Easy!! The end of the tunnel would take me straight to Norfolk, Nebraska—and, I didn’t even have to think about it for a second. If I wanted to be on anywhere on Earth, I’d be in Nebraska in a heartbeat!
If I were given the ability to build a magical tunnel, I’d definitely not be writing this post at this moment. Because, then instead of talking about it on my blog, I would have already built the tunnel of my dreams as quick as I can and ran through it to the other end of the tunnel. And at the very end of the tunnel, I’d be standing in the middle of Norfolk, Nebraska—once again in my life—where I so fondly claim as my second home. Things would be different. Things would be so much better and happier. I have lived in Sri Lanka for most of my life and I have only spent a couple of years in Norfolk, yet I strongly yearn to be in Norfolk twice as much as I love living here. Part of my heart lies in Norfolk.People who I really loved to death and people who had a big influence in my life live near Norfolk. I have been wanting this secret magical tunnel to exist for the last few years, god knows!!! Because, 6 years ago, when I was just getting out of high school, I made a decision to go into a college on the other end of the world, packed my suitcases, took a flight and landed in Omaha Eppley Airport—the magical tunnel I might say—and, when I landed, there was a new small town awaiting for me. I slowly fell in love with the corn fields, barns, the country side, the crickets outside my window, the accents, the cold wintry days and most importantly with the way I felt home in this small town of Nebraska.I had the adventure that I always wanted to get myself into awaiting before me. That was Norfolk for me. The most amazing thing is, when I was leaving the airport to come back to Sri Lanka—the same magical tunnel which took me to Norfolk—I then had a mother, a dad and a brother and so many other people who were as close as my own family to leave behind in Norfolk. It was indeed painful to wave good bye to the Husker’s Nation that day…
It is ironic that earlier in the morning today, over Skype, I was talking to my brother, Eric,—who currently lives in Seward, Nebraska—about how time has flown since I last left Norfolk almost 6 years ago. Things have changed so much over the past few years, we have grown and even the buildings in Norfolk aren’t the same as they used to be from what my brother described. Yet the family I was given in the middle of nowhere has never changed one bit. We are still as close as we used to be regardless of being apart physically. They still are there for me, loves me and we still share the same bond, only stronger. And which is why, I still want to go back to the same place where my heart yearns to be. Hell, I would have already dug my way out there if only I could. As a matter of fact, I was planning a short trip to Nebraska since last March and had saved up, worked my ass up for it and the trip was supposed to be on this August. I was only a flight away from Norfolk! Somehow, it just didn’t work out the way I planned. Few things fell apart and now, I need some time before I start packing up my suitcases and planning the trip, again. The magical tunnel is bullshit because I actually had to dig it on my own. There wasn’t anything magical. Nope, I’m not complaining. I just wish it was as easy as magic to travel to wherever we wanted to be, because then I, myself would already be enjoying a morning walk on the trail of Norfolk with my friends or family or I’d be in Columbus making the coconut and potatoes curry at my mom’s. Or better yet, I would be out in the countryside driving around, listening to my favorite song with a boy that I used to know from the small town. The good news is, I still haven’t stopped looking for that magical tunnel and if it doesn’t exist then I sure as hell will build it on my own and go back to where my heart is—once again. There’s no other place on earth that I want to be in than Norfolk!
NEBRASKAAAAA All the freakingggg way!