Why Do I Live in the Midwest?

January 10, 2009

Q: Why do I live in the Midwest?

I have asked myself that question countless times - always in the winter. This is my fourth winter since moving back from Los Angeles. Each one seems worse than the last. And I am found frequently wondering why I live here.

I'm not the only one. I've got other people asking me the same thing and asking themselves the same thing.

Winters are a hard thing to get through in the Midwest. If you haven't spent a winter here, you can't understand. If you come for a visit during the winter, you can't understand. If snow is a vacation for you, you aren't living in the Midwest.

To actually have this be your life day after day after day after day with no end in sight, knowing that even in April you've seen snow here in the Midwest... It can get a bit tired. Very tiring in fact. And quite depressing.

So, why do we do it? Well, I can't answer for the rest of the Midwesterners, but I now can answer for myself.

Yes, this answer came to me this week. So...

Q: Why do I live in the Midwest?


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  1. Now, granted I know you don't like the snow and all, but let me tell you...when it's cold enough, and it doesn't snow it really annoys me. I figure it might as well look beautiful! Plus, I am used to snow growing up in the Bend, so I'm a little partial I suppose! But, yeah The people totally rock! Miss you tons!

  2. Nice post! I'm guessing that a lot of people who live in the midwest have the same reason for staying that you do... Well, not the EXACT same reason (ha ha!) but I think the main reason that makes a place live-able is the friends and family you have there. Nice climate, good job, etc, are all nice, but the people make all the difference.

  3. So sweet!! And just to add, I've seen snow in MAY in the Midwest. (I live in IL.)

  4. You know I can relate girlfriend! I so needed to read this post tonight! :) I'm finally starting to blog again! Have fun in CA! :)

  5. Thank you, Honey. The answer to your question brought a lump to my throat. But maybe we should all move to a more compatible climate?? Love you, Mom


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