We have had a crazy week of weather in Baton Rouge. Sunday was so warm. After church, we had a potluck picnic. Everyone was running around with short sleeves and bare legs. Then, mid week, it rained, and the past couple of days have been chilly (well 60 degrees chilly!). This strangely warm weather made me think (well more than I usually do) about Vermont.
We are loving being back in the South. And we were so excited to move back down here. But I am realizing lately how many things, both expected and unexpected, I miss about Vermont:
1. The Food
I knew this would be the case, but I didn't realize how much! Vermont is all about local food. Bech and I try to eat organic. We try to only buy free range or grass feed meat. And that is hard to find here. Luckily, we have a Whole Foods in Baton Rouge. It's a "big business," but it does sell meat, milk, and cheese that we like. Plus, they have a bulk section for flour, sugar, and spices.
But I often find myself dreaming of City Market...
(side note, I found this picture online, but we know that girl!)
Or El Gato's, or Tiny Thai, or the Burlington Farmers Market...This list could go on and on.
2. The Snow
Yeah, I know, I am crazy for saying this. And I don't miss this everyday! But sometimes, when I can wear shorts in late January, I wish for a little snow.
I mean, that's pretty beautiful, right?
3. The Library
While I was in grad school, I worked at the UVM library, Bailey Howe. And I miss it! It was such a fun job...being around books, organizing books, getting to know all of the wonderful workers.
I absolutely love my job now, but I did love that job.
4. The People
(my good friend Chris and two of my favorite professors)
(The Amazing Angeline and her brother Jeff...he's not a Vermonter, but he's in the picture already, so he'll count!)
I think I was prepared for Vermonters to be really rude and not very kind. I mean, isn't that what all Southerners believe about "Yankees?"
(our friend Renee...seriously one of the sweetest people you will ever meet)
But I LOVED so many people in Vermont. They were amazing. We had friends that just loved on us so much. And I miss them.
I think I am a nomad by nature. I like to move. I like to live in different places. But one of the hardest things about that is that a piece of my heart stays in those places.
I still have dreams that we are back in Malawi. That I am shopping at Foodworths, eating at Nando's, teaching at the Academy. I always wonder if I will ever get to go back and actually do those things again!
And that is how I feel about Vermont. Will I ever meet friends for tequila margarita's at El Gato's? Even more, will I ever get to see my friends from there again?
I am so thankful to be back near Southern friends and families, but I am sure missing my "Yankee" second home!