I moved here on a hot summers day in early August. Well, it was hot when I left the South, scratch that – August in the South is stifling. Upon my arrival into Valparaiso, it was much cooler. In fact, to my standards – it felt like October.
I can’t say I was thrilled to leave my friends and family behind – in fact, I was heartbroken. My entire life was built around the relationships I had cultivated in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa, AL. And here I was, leaving it all behind – 635 miles behind to be more precise.
I didn’t want to like it here. But, as I pulled into Northwest Indiana, I saw the beauty that I’ve continued to find as I explore this place. It was that beauty that eased my heart a bit. At that time, it was mostly cornfields – but that was all new to me – and still quite beautiful. And, I’ll confess that the sudden break from squelching temperatures was a little attractive too. So, I (begrudgingly) admitted that it was kind of nice.
As summer slipped into fall, I fell in love with the apple orchards – in fact, you could rarely find me any place else on the weekends. And now, we’ve made it to winter and it’s a wonderland like I’ve never known. We do get snow in Alabama, but nothing like this. I’ll tell you all about that some other time.
And ok, the snow can be a little aggravating – but it is quite beautiful as I sit here at my window peeking out. And, as long as I don’t actually have to go out and deal with it – it’s lovely. In fact, we were so excited during our first “big snow” we made an igloo. But as I now know, dealing with it and playing in it are two very different things.
So, this is where I find myself – where I will now make my home. This itty-bitty piece of Northwest Indiana that I’ll make my own. I plan to explore every little inch of it,and I plan to have a lot of fun making my way through. So watch out Midwesterners! You’ve got an energetic Southern Belle loose on the land and she’s planning on having a ball!