Hometown Pride

I am going to be honest here, seein’ as this is my blog and all. I’ve never lived anywhere other than Georgia. I was born here and grew up here. Even though I had the chance to go elsewhere (full scholarships and all that to boot), I stayed and went to college here.When I graduated, I got my first real job here and stayed. Like many folks around here, my roots in Georgia run deep. I’ve lived in, and visited, a good portion of this great state. Which makes me truly confident that I’m not missing much when I say that I’ve never actually had the desire to go elsewhere. Maybe that is not the most sophisticated, or even popular, opinion. However, I’ve got everything I need right here. My family and friends are all close by.I have a great job that I love, with a commute that doesn’t make me want to scream.And within driving distance, I have access to beautiful cities and gorgeous beaches. I have my pick of fantastic entertainment, cultural opportunities, and 5-star dining. What possible reason would I have to leave all of that?

Don’t feel bad; I couldn’t think of a single reason, either.

As a kid who spent most summers at Allatoona Lake to my college years in Athens (GO BULLDOGS!) and now living just a little outside of Atlanta, Georgia is my home and I’m so proud of it. We’ve got spooky ghost hunting in Savannah, world-class beaches like Tybee Island, internationally acclaimed resorts on Sea Island, national teams in many sports, and great attractions (of both the educational and fun variety) all over the state. I don’t think I could see it all even if I had several lifetimes to try and take it all in. I certainly am fixin’ to try, though! I like to plan little day trips, staycations, and mini-vacations within a few hours’ drive, and Georgia never disappoints me! Sure we have things that we need to work on, we’re not perfect after all, but I don’t think there is a place on this earth without its share of drama. So I’d rather sit on my back porch with my sweet tea after another great day at work and think about what I want to do this weekend instead of worrying about what I’m missing out on by not having a bunch of stamps in my passport.

So now I am wondering if I am the only one under a hometown spell. Do y’all feel that way about where you live? I really hope so. If you do (or maybe if you don’t), drop me a note and tell me why. I’d love to hear about where you’re from and what is so great about it. Maybe I’ll branch out a little and take an out-of-state vacation for once!