If I Could Crawl Between the Skyscrapers


All my life, I’ve looked towards the city.

I saw myself there – in my one-bedroom apartment, or on the street outside of my building hailing a cab, or on my way to a restaurant with friends.  Or even just (and to be honest, mostly) standing in the center of it all, looking up.

In high-school, my junior class trip was to Boston. As we drove into the city for dinner our first night there, I stared up around us at the lights and a boy sitting next to me on the bus remarked, “You’re one of those people. The kind of person who just thinks the city is so beautiful.”

And I was. Oh, I was.

In that moment, I so wanted to be a part of it all, to get out of the small town where it felt like everyone knew my name (even though they didn’t – I couldn’t even say that about everyone in my high-school. It’s small, but not that small), and escape to somewhere among the skyscrapers. I wanted to find myself in an office with a city-view window, looking out over the beautiful winding roads and oddly shaped buildings that I got to call home.

It seemed so big, and I felt big enough to fit inside of it.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12445081275530729227 jackie jade

    lovely post! i always wanted to live in a big city too and it was nice to do it for awhile. and now i love living in a smaller city, so it’s a nice compromise :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18290784562072040485 Mika P.

    Uh, yes! Who doesn’t think the city is beautiful!? I’m one of those people too. Boston is my favorite city (:

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00377823857343436791 Shannon Arielle

    The same thing happened to me! The first time I ever went to New York City and stood in the center of boisterous Times Square, I knew that cities were for me.

  • http://www.ellierockhill.com/ Ellie Rockhill

    I hope you got this dream. <3

    • http://www.sheisfierce.org/ Kiersten McMonagle

      Thank you, Ellie! I haven’t quite yet, but I’ll be moving to the city in the spring – so almost!