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!