The Kindness of Strangers

Recently Morgan expressed the idea of starting a series of blogs about the kindness of strangers. I’d like to start that series off by a story of mine from last year. First off, I should introduce myself. My name is Payton, and I’m Morgan’s little sister. Except I’m not that little. I turn 21 soon. […]

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The Feeling of “Did I?”

Sometimes, I can’t believe that I lived in Ireland for a year. It’s very difficult to be here in America living everyday life, going from place to place, drinking diet cokes, hanging out with friends and family, and comprehend that I missed a year here at home. This place is the same as it has […]

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On the Words of Forrest Gump: A Preview

Over the next few weeks, I’m going to periodically post on the words of Forrest Gump. For anyone who has seen this movie, you know all the quotable lines. “Can’t sit here.” “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” “Run Forrest! Run!” “Bubba was my best good friend.” So […]

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Feeling 22

My birthday TOMORROW, August 29th, and I’ll  be turning 23!!!  With the arrival of another birthday and the passing of another year, I am forced to look back on the one that’s just gone. I cannot believe that I’ve spent 11 of the 12 months of my 22nd year here in Ireland. It was the […]

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The Cantrell’s Take Europe Part 2

The next morning we set out to take London. After another trek through the Tube, we arrived close to Trafalgar Square and awed at the massive lion statues. In the distance through the towering buildings, Mama spied Big Ben. “Look!” she said out of excitement! The rest of us turned and in Griswold fashion said, […]

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The Cantrell’s Take Europe Part 1

My parents arrived in Dublin early on a June Thursday morning. I had to work, so my sister, who had come back to Ireland with me a week earlier, met them at the hotel. At noon we met for lunch, and I got my first good look at my parents since arriving in Europe. Daddy […]

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Things You Hear on Your Parent’s First Day in Ireland

1. “Why am I blinking? I used to never blink.” – Jet lagged Dad on why he can’t keep his eyes open. 2. “That’s just the fashion Dad.” – Payton explaining skinny jeans. 3. ” The hair dryer looked like a vacuum tube!” – Mama on the hotel hair dryer. 4. “I just want to […]

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Keeping Busy

Good grief is it difficult to find time to write while at home. It’s been go, go, go ever since I woke up Thursday morning, but I wouldn’t change it for anything. Thursday, I got my hair cut, teeth cleaned, and back massaged. 😀 Man it felt good. Friday, I visited the museum I worked […]

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I’m a Mess, and That’s Okay

I am a single twenty-two year old college graduate who lives in Ireland working as a temp with no means of settling down anytime soon. 1. I do not have to conform to the norm. Yeah so what if most people go to college, fall in love, and settle down.  That’s most people and I […]

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Top Six Moments in Six Months

I cannot believe I have lived in Ireland for SIX MONTHS!!! I’ve hit the half way marker!!! WHAT!??!?! In honor of my sixth month anniversary living in Ireland, I am going to be posting some things about the last half-year over the next few days. First things first, my top six moments in the last six months! They […]

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