I’ve lived in Maryland for almost seven years, and I still never really think of myself as a Marylander. I’m from New York originally, and ended up moving to Maryland to work for a season as a challenge course facilitator at an outdoor education center. Then I met Tee and we fell in love and made Maryland our home. 🙂 For the first few years living here, I felt like an alien outsider with few friends. (Wonderful friends – but few.) Slowly, over the past five years or so, I’ve been building a community, making connections through work, farming, friends, and family.
The very, very best thing about Maryland is having family close by. When I left Virginia for Maryland, I was deciding between several different outdoor ed jobs – one in upstate NY, one in southern California, and one in Maryland. My brother and my sister-in-law were expecting their first child at that time, and were living in Baltimore County; wanting to be around my new niece/nephew (spoiler alert: it was an adorable, curly-haired, smiley-faced nephew!) was my deciding factor.
NOW I have four adorable little ones – a nephew and three nieces! – to love in Maryland. On Friday, I got to spend my afternoon and my evening with them. The highlights were some floor time with my almost-three-months-old niece, who is smiling now, especially when she sneezes; playing a lively game of basement soccer with the four-year-old and the six-year-old; and snuggling with the 23-month-old, her head on my shoulder, scratching her back and singing to her softly. Definitely #heart food.