Monday, April 30, 2012

19/30: Dream Locale and Welcome to the Club little brother!

First before I get to the 30 things post for today.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY LITTLE BROTHER, Josh!  I love you so much and I am so proud of everything you have accomplished in your life!  Welcome to the Quarter Century Club!  I miss you!

Now on to today's 30 thing post: Where is your dream place to live?

I have two places.  One is very specific, the other is more of an area.

Here is the first:

I miss this place desperately.  I have an entire life there which is evident when I go back for a few days and can't seem to fit in everyone I want to see.  The last time I was there Utah told me how much it missed me.  I ran into two people I haven't seen in years randomly in grocery stores in Park City.  Then when I got in the car to drive to the Castellanos, "Who says you can't go home" {thank you Bon Jovi} came on the radio and I sat there for a minute and said really life?  I already want to move back everyday, you have to throw this series of events at me to make it even harder? Thanks.

The other more general location is The South.  My whole family is from Mississippi, I was born there and lived there for about 10 years.  My parents raised us with this state of mind.  We say yes ma'am and no sir, and we have manners.  We know the right way to welcome people into our homes and we are devoted to our families.

This one has more to do with being around my family more than anything.  Since I was 18 I haven't lived in the same state as my parents for more than a week or two.  It hasn't been that big of a deal thus far in my life, but when I think of my children {yet to be had} not being close to their grandparents it makes me sad.  I grew up with my great parents and grandparents, even great great-grandparents being fairly close to me.  Until I was seven, we lived in the same town as my grandparents on both sides, I spent many a day with my Nanny and Gran Gran out in their huge backyard.  I want that for my children.  I also want them to have the manners and love and devotion to their families that you get from growing up in that area.  I think that it is possible to be Southern without growing up directly in the South.  It's in what your parents teach you and how you decide to live your life.  So maybe I can have both?