Do our zip codes foretell our futures?
I grew up in the wrong 5 digits.
I lived in a county without the means.
My families’ socioeconomic status was below average.
I saw stress, want, and desperation for what a community doesn’t have play out everyday.
And while I had love and care and trust in what we were,
I had to one day leave to just get by.
Today, I live in the right 5 digits.
I reside in a county with means to share.
My status is defined by where I chose to plant new roots.
I give and take in a community without fear
And everyday I see and feel the confidence of being here.
But everyday I wonder if I’ve given up a little of who I once was.
I ask if I’ve been swept up in the wave of this town’s ideocracy.
Perhaps Zip Codes don’t foretell our futures
But with the simple cross of a county line,
They can’t help but play a role in telling us who we are.
–Written by Sandy Heights