I was born in Woodstock, Illinois. It is a small town, just south of Wisconsin. I lived there from the time I was born until just before I started 7th grade. I don't remember a whole lot about Woodstock, except for my baseball days, my family, and a tiny bit of school. What I remember most, though, is how fun it was to walk around town. One could literally walk from one end to the other in about 30 minutes.
As a child, about the age my daughters are now, I had a lot of freedom. That was partially from being in a small town, partially because life was completely different in the early 1980s, and partially because it seems we were always in a large group when all the cousins and our friends got together.
We had "grandmas," older ladies who we adopted and visited often. We would go spend some time with them, and they would give us candy. It was fun to come running home or to my aunt's house to show off some of the crafts we made or our "score" from the ladies. I hope when I'm older I treat the neighborhood children like they are as special as we felt.
After we moved to Arizona the Mesa area became my new hometown. In the space of 30 minutes one can drive through Tempe, Chandler, Mesa, and Gilbert. I've lived in each of those cities except for Tempe. I do love their library, though.
My favorite thing about this area is that there are so many opportunities. My current neighborhood is, by far, the one I enjoy the most. There are four different parks around us. Within five minutes we can be at a playground or a nice place for walking. It is peaceful, yet we are still in a suburban atmosphere. There are shopping centers all around, and so many places are open 24 hours a day I never have to worry about if I need something unexpectedly.
I can't say I would brag about where we live because I think rural living sounds so much neater. Daniel and I have, on several occasions, talked about moving away from here. We just can't do it. Besides, my parents live three miles down the road. That is really my favorite part of my "new hometown."