My family is considering moving to North Carolina in the not too distant future and I have mixed emotions about it. When I think of NC I think of mountains and beaches, southern hospitality and northern seasons, more manageable winters and fewer summer insects, and Im ready to high-tail it out of Illinois. Then I see the Phlox blooming in my garden, have a neighbor over for a backyard bonfire, hear my children rave about their school and my roots sink further into the Rockford ground.
My husband says, dont forget Rockfords stats: the highest unemployment in the state, highest crime rate, highest high school dropout rate
I say, but I love my super aggravating/rewarding job
He reminds me of when my minivan gets stuck at the top of the entrance road to my sons school in the wintertime and other parents have to get out of their cars to push me
I remind him of some of our favorite restaurants, the Sinissippi Light Show every Christmas, how much we love our church family
We go back and forth. I waffle. But for the time being, we stay.
On the surface, there doesnt seem to be a lot to like about Rockford, IL. In fact, lots of Rockfordians are as grumpy as a cat caught in an empty fish barrel, says the man who works at Kellys Mobil. So I thought, Ill use this blog to remind me why I want to stay. I’ll create a running series entitled, Whats to Like About Rockford and once a month Ill post something positive about the city and surrounding neighborhoods where I live, work and play. Thats only 12 posts a year. Surely, I can do this.
Photo by Karin Blaski, 8/3/2012