I've lived in the pacific northwest for six years now. I've graduated from college, met Matt, had two beautiful children and made tons of amazing friends over this time. I do consider this my home, but often times I find myself homesick for WI, where most of my family is. Last night it snowed here. It rarely snows here, maybe once or twice a year. Most of it is already melted and it's a beautiful sunny day out now. Iris and I went out to play in it last night and I thought about how much I loved playing in the snow as a child and how magical snowfalls seem to be. I still find them magical, maybe now more than ever because I don't see very many. I was secretly hoping to wake up to a blizzard this morning, but alas, there was none.
Now that it's Christmas time, as well, I get really, really homesick. I see my family about every other year and even then I'm not always home on Christmas day. Now that we have two kids we've decided to start traditions of staying home for the holidays-- just the four of us. It will be nice to not get caught up in the hectic travelling, but it won't feel the same. I miss seeing my parent's house all decorated, my mom really goes all out. I miss seeing my extended family and all of the cousins and their children.
I've been arm-twisting most of the time I've lived out here to get my family to re-locate with me, but so far no dice. I think they will stay stuck in WI their whole lives, unfortunately.
I imagine what it would be like to move back there. How we would make friends, where we would live, how Matt could persue his music interests like he can here and, most importantly, would it actually be as wonderful to live close to my family as again as I imagine it would be? We could also get ahead faster if we lived somewhere with a lower cost of living (which is pretty much anywhere in the midwest!), especially if Matt was able to find a job making the same pay. Sigh. The eternal dilemma. I have thought that if we did move, we could always come back, but how big of a pain would THAT be?
I know some of my readers live in the midwest. Do you love it there?