My Hometown

30 Mar 2017

When ever I visit Elkhart, my hometown it seems as though I have thoughts pulling me back in time. I am curious as to why these thoughts surface. I love my hometown, but I have made a home elsewhere and had moved away for close to forty years. I have many friends and constant activity in Dallas. None the less as I load up my car to head west towards Chicago, down the Indiana Toll Road I have these feelings of loss, or sadness.

When I think of Elkhart it is like many other small towns I have visited, but none draw me back. The only difference I see is the family that I love, and more friends there now than when I went to school there so many years ago. I love hanging out and spending time sometimes doing nothing at all but talking. So maybe it is not the town at all. Maybe it is the people that know me from the core.

Maybe it is the time spent with my dad and brother having pizza and then ice cream. It was plain old vanilla, but will always I remember the smile from my dad as I handed him the small bowl with the little chocolate syrup over the top. Maybe it is times I spend with my old high school friends Dave, Ted, Vickie, Melody, Beth talking about the past and what we all perceived as fact. The present, where we are with our families and the future, our hopes and dreams, vacations and times ahead to plan.

So I want to thank my friends and family for making “my hometown” something special to me.

Life cannot, and should not always be about work. It can be about moving forward in other areas of you life.

Thanks for spending a few minutes with me today. And don’t forget to spend a few days in your hometown. I am already planning my next visit.


Tim Marvel

Motivational speaker and author, Tim Marvel, CSP believes if life doesn’t stop teaching, he shouldn’t stop learning. From living on a submarine in the Navy to spending thirty years in sales, Tim sees life as an adventure. He’s participated in marathons, ultra-marathons, triathlons, and 100-mile bike rides. When he’s not traveling or encouraging others to be their personal best, you can find him hitting the gym, hanging out with his family, and playing with his dog, Jake. But what he looks forward to the most is his weekly date night with his wife, Rockie.


  1. Have you ever thought about publishing an e-book or guest authoring on other websites? I have a blog based on the same topics you discuss and would really like to have you share some stories/information. I know my audience would appreciate your work. If you are even remotely interested, feel free to shoot me an e mail.

  2. I spent 18 years in the town I grew up in, and 21 years in the town I lived in after college. I consider both to be my hometowns.

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