11 October 2011

Random Topic Tuesdays

 Todays topic is: why you love your hometown.


Where you grow up is going to shape the person you become. I was born in Colorado and lived there in a very small town for a short period of my childhood before my family headed out east to Virginia. Since Colorado was all I knew, naturally I was reluctant to leave it behind. Boy, am I glad we did. The small town I was living in would have inevitability shaped me into a different person then I am today. I’m not trash talking anyone from a small town but judging from the friends/family that remained there the quality of life just wouldn’t be so great. There isn’t much to do so people turn to drugs and alcohol and this becomes a lifestyle for them. I definitely wouldn’t be with my husband but would probably still be pregnant (possibly with my fifth or sixth child). There aren’t as many job opportunities as there are here so people obviously have less money which can lead to more crime. Even though the school systems have the same grade levels as everywhere else, people just seem less educated. When people think of Virginia they think of the south. When you think of the south you think of small towns. Northern Virginia is so much different from other parts of Virginia. There are different viewpoints of someone living in a big city verses someone from a small town and living outside of a major city definitely influences the people around me.

I love my hometown because it is rich in history with ties to George Washington and the Civil War. There are charming little neighborhoods that are perfect for raising a family. We’re close enough to DC that a social nightlife is only ten minutes away. (Bars are plentiful here, but people prefer the clubs and trendiness of the District). Museums, monuments and other tourist attractions are only a few metro stops away. We’re not DC though so people are friendlier and we don’t have to deal with a lot of the downsides to living there. I love the community where I live despite the high cost of living and limited space. I feel safe here. (As safe as someone with my paranoid personality is ever going to feel, anyway.) We’re walking distance to some great restaurants and shops. I love my hometown because this is where I’ve grown up and have made my little nest. I'm happy that this is where my daughter is going to be raised. I love it for the life it has created for me and who I’ve become.

So what makes you love your hometown?

20 Thoughts :

Shannon October 11, 2011 at 7:45 PM  

I grew up around the water in North Florida - I miss it SO much! But I'm learning to love NoVA :)

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Mrs. Pancakes October 11, 2011 at 8:43 PM  

i've always wanted to reside in a small town but definitely there are some down side to residing in small towns. Living close to DC is awesome though!

Shannon October 11, 2011 at 10:09 PM  

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Sharon October 12, 2011 at 4:05 AM  

I grew up in the San Fernando Valley in Southern California. That would be "The Valley," as in home of the Valley Girl. Yes, I am a bonafide Valley Girl. Like, totally. =)

Holly October 12, 2011 at 6:57 AM  

This is kind of an interesting question for me, since I still live in my home town, and it was recently really badly damaged by two huge earthquakes. I'm not sure why I love it, but I do, and I want to stay here...unless I HAVE to move to find a teaching job, that is. :/

Veronica Lee October 12, 2011 at 7:57 AM  

Hi! Stopping by from MBC. Great blog!

Have a nice day!

Tory K October 12, 2011 at 8:41 AM  

Aw, your hometown sounds so nice :) It's nice when there are things to do close by! I would love to live in a place like that. :)

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marie October 12, 2011 at 12:25 PM  

I have heard such wonderful things about Virginia, I would love to visit someday. I agree that small towns seem so quaint, but they can't offer as much.

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Normies October 12, 2011 at 2:22 PM  

Virgina is a very beautiful area. I was not lucky to get too far from my hometown (50 miles lol). Michigan has beautiful seasons and the great lakes are astounding, but to be honest, I am still dreaming of the day I LEAVE!

Sarah @ It's a Vol October 12, 2011 at 2:26 PM  

I love where I live and I grew up in the same area! I love my small town that is only 30 minutes from Memphis! :)

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Adrianne October 12, 2011 at 5:42 PM  

Returning the follow from Happy Hour!
I would have to think a while on my hometown. I didn't care for it much, but like anything, a positive attitude can go a long way. Even though it probably wasnt the intent, thanks for making me take a look at that. :)

Megan October 12, 2011 at 7:52 PM  

Wait, so did I know you live in VA?? My pregnant mind can't remember.

ANYWAY. I live in Chesterfield, VA which is RIGHT outside of Richmond. Literally, I can be in Richmond in 15 minutes.

I personally love my hometown. It's nice, a decent size, people here are educated (for the most part) the schools are good and I think it's a nice place to raise a family. Even though I do blame my high school for making me who I WAS, but once I left I became who I really am.

And I love the fact that we are not too far from the beach, the mountains, Williamsburg or DC. :)

Jessi Haish October 13, 2011 at 12:52 PM  

great post :)

P! October 15, 2011 at 1:23 PM  

Freaking Sean- always cracking me up!! "...would probably still be pregnant (possibly with my fifth or sixth child)" HAHA- that's totally MY hometown. 90% of my classmates never left and most of them have families now and are unemployed. Get out of those small towns if you ever want children haha. My hubby used to live in Virginia and he has nothing but amazing things to say about it. :)