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.
- No 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!
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!”
That exact view is my favorite! I always try to take a picture, but it’s never right.