When we moved to Chicago 6 years ago, our intent was to live the “Big City” life for a few years to get it out of our collective system, then likely head west and end up in California or Oregon. Kim and I both love the Midwest (they say Midwest is best!) – after all, we were both raised in Ohio – but we never had any intention of staying here past birthday number 30.
And yet here we are, at 31 and 30, respectively.
We figured we’d use Chicago as a launchpad to explore the rest of the country, city by city, until we found the place that was just right for us. We’d then pack up another U-Haul, hit the road and settle down for good. Our yearly anniversary trips (see here, here, here and here) have been a fun excuse to explore maybe-cities, and – not that we’re surprised – we’ve fallen in love with every place we’ve visited. (More here, too.)
There’s only one problem – we end up comparing every other part of the country to Chicago. Is it possible that we lucked out and got it right on the first try? Is Chicago Home?
Sure, traffic is mind-numbingly, eye-gougingly horrific. Our fair city is flat as a pancake and a day away from any real mountains. But faults aside, what the Windy City lacks in large plots of nature and easy commuting, it more than makes up for in live music, art, food, beaches, green boulevards, a bustling downtown and an endless list of attractive traits that keep us yearning for this Home whenever we leave.
In other words, we fall more in love with Chicago every day.
The city limits here also contain something that is non-negotiable in our quest for the perfect plot: houses. Honest to goodness, four-walls-and-a-roof houses. With yards. And garages. Our next home will not share a wall, ceiling or floor. We’re certain of that. (Famous last words?)
What we’re not certain of is the timing of our next move. Again, back to the whole we’re 30 and thought we’d settle down about now thing.
Living in and loving our current home for 5 years has been the time of our life. At the same time, we’d be lying if we didn’t admit to craving space – just a wee bit more. And an expanded family – of foster pups! And even if it’s just a patch, we want Jack to run circles in his very own grassy yard.
2013 is looking to be an exciting, potentially transitional year for this little family. As we look forward, we welcome change and adventure, more love and more growth. We hope the same is true for all of you and we wish you a happy, healthy New Year, regardless of where those adventures lead you!