All in the Name of Progress

Photo obtained from The Business Journals
Photo obtained from The Business Journals

From my classroom window, I could see the construction of a new city skyline. As the new buildings went up, forever changing the farmland I’ve known my whole life. I could feel the world I once knew crumbling down. Highway eighty-six, the road I lived on the first ten years of my life and have traveled down nearly every day, was becoming unrecognizable. 

Progress, they said. Progress? Progress that was tearing down the houses that had been there longer than my grandfather had been alive. Progress is bringing thousands of new people to our small town, eating alive the interpersonal relationships we’ve shared with our neighbors since birth. 

It’s good for the community, they said. Good for our economy. The economy that school has barely taught us about, other than that it would be impossible for us to rise up in. Other than that we’re destined to be here forever. They’ve stopped having hope for us, the youth. The new working class is nothing but a number in a factory ready to be replaced at any given moment. They’ve given up hope that we’ll be anything more than a staple in the assembly line that fuels upper-class America. 

Writers like me, dreamers like me, will go nowhere—just a hobby of someone with no time to partake in such silly things. Time is money after all. Money that goes straight to bills, living paycheck to paycheck. Money that we base our soul worth on. Progress. All in the name of progress.

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    Patricia HicksFeb 26, 2024 at 7:24 pm

    My Amazing Beautiful Granddaughter, how proud I am of you. Such, a amazing talent and coming from your heart to address how you feel. Absolutely so proud of you…luv Mamaw ❤️

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    Adcock SheilaFeb 23, 2024 at 4:50 pm

    Well written, Cici. You’ve expressed what most people think about obliterating our rich past in favor of “growth” and “opportunity”. Keep writing…you have a gift.

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    Misty SmithFeb 23, 2024 at 4:27 pm

    So proud of you, CiCi!

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    AprilFeb 23, 2024 at 3:23 pm

    Such a mature voice and perspective. I am very proud of you.

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    Brittany FatjoFeb 23, 2024 at 3:19 pm

    Wonderful article, Cici!

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    Hanna GrassFeb 23, 2024 at 11:11 am

    Incredible job, Cici! Such a mature, unique perspective on a relevant change ongoing within our community. I’m so excited to have you as a journalist on The Central Times and read all that you write!

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    Kamree DusharmFeb 23, 2024 at 10:10 am

    This is a very heart spoken article. Amazing job Cici.