I grew up in what I describe as the Maryland suburbs of Washington DC. When I was 19 married, and expecting my second child, my little family moved to Virginia. But not just any Virginia, we relocated to a place that was very different from the one where I had lived as a kid. This was country! We came from my father-in-law’s house, which was basically down the street from The University of Maryland, to a place in the woods that wasn’t even a town. We moved from a home where if I wanted something I could walk or take a bus, to a place where there was nothing within walking distance and no buses!
Eventually we moved into town and I have lived here for over 35 years but I still remember the young woman who was astounded that there were no Chinese Restaurants (dozens and dozens now) and that no one had heard of a bagel (something that also has changed).
I often wonder what my life would have been like had I never came here. Would I have had more opportunity? Perhaps met a more suitable husband? (haha). I’ll never know. I do know I would never have the incredible collection of photographs I have now. I feel blessed to live among so much beauty.