I’m sure you’re shocked. It’s a short list, but there are things:
1. My friends. Okay, so I only have like, five whole friends living in Georgia, but they’re the best five people in the entire state.
2. Cheerwine. If I want Cheerwine, I hafta go to Cracker Barrel to buy it in tiny bottles.
3. As it never stayed cold, my skin never dried out. I didn’t miss applying oils and lotions several times over the course of the day. In the summer, I didn’t even need to use lotion. Now that I’m back here, it’s baby oil, followed by lotion, followed by another coat twelve hours later. And never, ever go outside without lip balm!
4. I rarely had arthritis pain, because the barometer was fairly steady and it was seldom cold while wet.
5. Kids can play outside virtually all year, and mine did.
6. Playing tennis outdoors in February, while it’s 60-some degrees, is awesome!
7. Obviously there was no salt, sand, scraping, or shoveling for snow or ice required. (But the bridges still had freeze warning signs. *shrugs*)
8. I did not go into hibernation mode, because it was pretty much sunny and hot three hundred days a year. OR MORE.
10. I didn’t worry about accents, dialect, colloquialisms, or slang. I’ve decided not to worry about those things anymore. Ever.
I could write a list about all the things I don’t miss about living in Georgia, but I’m not sure anyone would enjoy reading me for an hour.