Personal, Travel

Living in the Midwest

I grew up in central Illinois.  My parents always wanted us out in the country with at least a couple acres of land separating us from the neighbors.  Every time houses or shopping complexes appeared within two miles of our house, complaints were made about increased traffic.  I reacted to this like every normal teenager:  by rebelling against everything they stood for and declaring myself a fan of big cities.

After living in Dallas for three years, I can officially say that I do like big cities.  The availability of unique and fantastic food and entertainment cannot be beat.  However, now that I’m back in Illinois, I can admit that there are some solid reasons to love the Midwest. 

  • DSC_0092No traffic!  Now when my GPS says something is ten miles away, I know it will take ten minutes to get there, not one hour.
  • Two lane highways!  There is something so romantic (in the poem sort of way) about tearing down a two lane road with the windows open and the hair flying.
  • All the colors!  The grass is green, the sky is blue, and the flowers are everything.  Compared to this, Texas is dead.
  • Nature!  Today I saw three chipmunks, a bunch of birds, and some rustling that was probably a rabbit.

The Midwest is peaceful, idyllic, and it’s in my bones.  As much as I love the beautiful chaos of cities, I love going home to recharge in the country.

What do you love about the Midwest/country living?  Leave a comment and let me know!

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2 thoughts on “Living in the Midwest”

  1. I think that when you live away from”home”, it’s always a feast for the eyes and heart when you go back. Having been gone for 39(!?) years, when I go over the last hill in East Peoria and see the bridge and Peoria stretched out before me, I know I’m home.
    As Dorothy says, “There’s no place like home!”

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