I have not been fortunate to live in the South (and by "South" I mean mostly Virginia and the Carolinas. Yes, I know there are more Southern states than that.), but as soon as I am free and independent, I fully intend to live there for the rest of my life. Here are five reasons why:
1. The Climate
One of my favorite things about the South is how nice and humid it is. Yes, you heard me right. I love humidity! I find it better than dry heat, actually. There's just something about breathing lung-fulls of warm, deep air that is simply wonderful. Plus it makes my hair curl nicely. :) The few times I've been there for a week, I didn't mind the heat much, even when outside most of the day. (But I would miss snow in winter. That would be hard.)
2. The Gardens
The gardens are beautiful down South! There are so many beautiful plants that are only able to grow where it is so balmy; crepe myrtle, magnolia, and fragrant boxwood are some of my favorites. I also love how well gardens and landscapes are done. Everything is so neat and colorful!
3. The History
Williamsburg, Mount Vernon, and Monticello are all in Virginia. I'm seeing a trend of amazing history here! All three are beautiful homes/living history museums that interpret an exciting time in early American History. So much important history took place in the South; much of the Revolution and Civil War were fought there, and many great and famous people have called the South their home.
I love the material culture of the South as well. The architecture, textiles, and everyday objects fascinate me. They're just so pretty!
4. The Hospitality
There's something to be said for a shady porch and a glass of iced tea, visiting friends on a sunny summer afternoon. People are quite laid back in the South, but I think that gives them more time to pause and be kind to fellow people. Southerners are quite sweet and considerate, at least from my experience. It's definitely a culture I would enjoy being a part of.
5. I just "belong" there
I ache to be in the South, I really do. Sometimes when I have time to really just think, I'll go back and remember moments of family vacations spent in the South; the sound of cicadas, the humidity in the air, walking down the streets of Williamsburg and through battlefields and gardens. It really feels like home. Of course I know that living in the South won't be the same as vacationing there, but living there will make me happy. It's where I want to be.
Is there a place where you feel you belong?
Do you like heat and humidity, or loath it?