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Friday, April 20, 2012

Alabama

I always said I was a mountain girl. If you've been to Colorado, and especially if you've lived there, you know what I mean. The crisp dry air, the towering purple mountains with their snow capped peaks, the crunchy grass under your feet. Colorado.

Our first move with the military was to Fort Benning, Georgia. This was my first experience of the South. Neither of us had been to the South (we had been to Texas and Florida, which are technically south, but we all know it's different). We weren't too impressed. Granted, we were there during the summer, but it was hot and muggy and full of bugs and... well, not our cup of tea.

And then we moved to Hawaii. I don't need to elaborate.

When I told people we were moving to Alabama we got a lot of laughs and a lot of "I'm sorry's". I laughed along with them and agreed. I know, I know, we're going back to the South! Wish us luck! Remember, my first and only experience had been Columbus, Georgia, and I was too excited to go back to the same type of place.

But as we drove through Alabama, I realized I was wrong. I started to actually like it.

Now I'm sitting here at my desk in front of the window, looking out onto my back yard. The sky is cloudy, the beginnings of the storm we're expecting tomorrow, but it's still sunny. It was cool enough earlier that I could wear jeans. We're lucky that we arrived during the spring when the weather is tolerable because even though I love it now, it'll get much worse as the days wear on.

I like it here. I love the green and the trees, they remind me so much of my childhood in Canada. I love the farms and the open fields and the run down towns. The people have been nice, much better than in Columbus, and the food has been good. (Ok, they could use a Chipotle, but I won't complain too much!).

I'm finding myself telling Brandon that I could live somewhere like here. I don't know if I want to go back to the cold, barren landscape of Colorado. I like the trees. I like the green. Goodness, the green! Expanses, fields and fields of green.

We've only been here six weeks but yes, I like it here. It's quiet, calm, and I like that. I'm glad we're here. This isn't so bad of a place after all!

7 comments:

  1. I am SO GLAD you're enjoying the area. :)

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  2. My husband and I were just discussing how awful Ft. Benning was today! Definitely not a good representation of the south. I'm glad you're enjoying Alabama. Every post/location has some positive points to pick out and you'll always have those people that say, "I'm sorry" when they learn you've got a certain duty station. We heard that A LOT when we were assigned Ft. Polk, but we've made the best of it and it's really not bad here. It's a good place to raise a baby! Like you said, though- I'm very much a mountain girl and I do miss the rolling hills of East TN and the enormous beauty of Alaska. I hope you continue to enjoy your new place!

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  3. I was born and raised in the little town of Springville, AL. I've lived in AL my entire life, with the exception of my husband's AIT @ Ft. Eustis, VA for 4 months. I really do love it here. People are generally nice and down-to-earth and it really is "country". Even when we lived in Anniston in an apartment, right across the street was a huge pasture full of cattle.
    I'm glad you're enjoying AL. I can't imagine the shock of moving from Hawaii to here, though. lol. Just going into Birmingham makes me nervous, so I generally like living in a smaller city. I can't wait to see where the Army takes us when he goes active again. I'll have to ask you for some advice since we've never had PCS orders!

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  4. I live in South Carolina and I love it! I have been to Alabama and we are going to visit there sometime soon and I am excited, I also love Alabama! :) I don't know if I could live anywhere but the south!

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  5. I'm glad that you are enjoying living there! I loved living in the south growing up. It's definitely different than the Midwest, but there was just something relaxed and soothing about the south :)

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  6. I think with most assignments - it is what you make of it. Stateside, we have been to Eustis, Hood, Bragg, now Alaska. My husband has been to Rucker and Polk...and though we love Alaska, we miss the South. His family is from east Tennessee, and we liked being able to see them often. Not something we are able to enjoy from up here. We are actually hoping to go to Bama or Virginny next :)

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  7. PS - I forgot to add: Thanks for stopping by and adding your link to the Military Monday Linky on MrsMamaHen :)

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