It's been a year since our move to Pennsylvania. Time goes so quickly that it's hard to believe. But, in this last year I've found that I really love it here. I could see myself staying in the Philly area for a very long time. When I tell people that, they ask me what it is that I love. Here goes:
The schools. The schools are good. We have amazing course offerings and college entrance rates at the high school level, and great academics in the middle and high schools. We also have decent funding for the schools. This is such a change from our New Hampshire experience where every year the schools were fighting to minimize staff and programs cuts, and the mayor was fighting to give education less money.
The landscape. When we lived in NH I missed wide-open spaces. In fact, sometimes I felt downright claustrophobic. Pennsylvania has a gorgeous mix of trees, and open meadows and fields. I love that.
The people. Our neighborhood, school, and town are far more diverse than anywhere I've lived before. My kids have classmates who are Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and who profess no religion at all. I love the cultures and traditions they are being exposed to. I also really appreciate that while they're young they're learning to respect and value others without regard to religious or ethnic background. Also, the people are so, so nice. We've been warmly welcomed here, and it's the kind of place where you wave to neighbors (known or unknown), chit-chat with the people in line to vote, and compliment a stranger on their fabulous dress.
The convenience. I'm talking east coast central now. We are only an hour from Philly by train, two hours to NYC, less than two hours to the ocean, three hours to Washington D.C. and 1.5 hours to Amish country. There is so much to do and see here! I love that. I love that I can decide to take my daughter to a Broadway show for a day trip. I love that my kids have seen Constitution Hall, the Liberty Bell, the Washington Monument, and the Capitol Building. I love that there's still so much more to do.
One year down, who knows how many to go, but we're loving it!