Today's post is about The South.
I won't lie--it has been a big adjustment for me to live here. I think most of that is because I've had to get used to living in The Village, as opposed to The City. My three biggest complaints (and they are BIG) are:
- Lack of quality medical care. Those of you that read often know about Miss B's medical adventures, almost every single adventure involves me not trusting the doctors here or having to travel several hours to get to a specialist or the time that the local Village hospital people were not planning on wearing gloves while taking Miss B's blood. Nice.
- Lack of quality education. T-Man and Fearless watch movies at school--ALL. THE. TIME. I can understand occasionally, or as a treat that they've earned, but when T-Man comes home and tells me they have been watching movies even in PE class, I get a little crazy. I already have nightmares about when Miss B turns 3 and will leave the Early Intervention program and be under the school's jurisdiction. Seriously, pure panic.
- Ok, so this one isn't a big complaint--and definately not as important as the first two--but I could really use a Target, Kohl's, Costco or Sam's, and a good craft store. We have Wal-Mart but I will do just about anything to avoid going there. Target is a happy place, Wal-Mart...not so much.
On the flip side though, there two things that I absolutely LOVE about Our Corner of The South.
- Winter here is amazingly short and not so bad. We had a few really cold days...and we even had one snow day (which I will have to post pictures of sometime--hilarious!! And it cracks me up when it is 50 degrees and people are bundled up in their fur coats and big winter boots!) but by February, we were leaving the coats and gloves at home and by March the boys were in shorts. Compared to Nebraska winters this place is Fabulous. Simply Fabulous.
- Southern hospitality is THE BEST. People here are just friendly and welcoming everywhere you go. The neigbors are neighborly, the store clerks are friendly, and people are just geniunely nice. I thought the Midwest was a welcoming place...but, I have to give credit to the South for having the Midwest beat. I'm hoping that I'm learning a few things and that we will have great Southern hospitality too. I never really understood it until we lived here. It has made my transition MUCH easier than it would have been otherwise. LOVE IT!!