The Attraction to Small Town Life
While we are blessed to have a grandmother, aunt and older brother with us in the south, most of our family lives in the northeast and this includes three grandparents, all three uncles, aunt and at least 20 cousins. After a few festive beverages, laughter, hugs and kisses, we become intoxicated by family love. Thoughts of being together all the time start to bubble up. It’s not long before we are asked:
“Do you think you will ever move back home?”
Ten years ago when we first moved to Atlanta the answer to that question was quick and easy. “No, not right now. We love the weather, food, culture and being so close to the city.” Well now that we have the little one and our family is aging, the answer to that question has become more complex. Every holiday season to help prepare for our visit back home, my wife and I talk about some of our reasons to move back home to small town life.
- Family. As I already mentioned a ton of our family lives in the northeast. Growing up most of my family was from NYC and Atlanta, so I didn’t get the chance to grow up around my cousins like my wife did. I would like for my daughter to have the same experience as her mother.
- Safety. In 2015 Maine had the 2nd lowest number of crimes committed and has traditionally been rated one of the safest places to live in the U.S. What better place for a crazy father who wants to keep all the boys away from his daughter?
- Quality of Life. Not only is Maine safe but the quality of life has been recognized in the top 5 places to live in the U.S.
- Education. For 2016 Maine was rated #8 in the country for best school systems and Georgia was rated 35th. Of course there are good schools in Georgia but as a whole Maine is the better choice.