Cincinnati. Yep, we're moving to Cincinnati, Ohio in a few short months.
Excited, nervous, trepidatious, sure, eager, scared, unsure... I think we've felt all of these emotions during the course of making this decision. In our almost 9 years of marriage this will be our 4th move. The difference in this move is that 1) we chose the place as opposed to a school/residency program/Air Force choosing for us and 2) this is where we're planning on settling, putting down roots and raising our family. This is it. Home. That feels weird to type.
As many of you know we actually lived in Cincinnati for 2 years before living in San Antonio. So in a way it doesn't feel totally out of the blue that we're choosing to move back there. However I will never forget opening an email almost 5 years ago telling us that we would be spending our 2 year residency in the city of Cincinnati, Ohio. I was not thrilled. Cincinnati seemed like the most random city I could think of... not to mention a little blah. Of course moving away from New York City made everywhere else on the planet feel a little blah. I just remember thinking, "I cannot believe we're moving to Cincinnati." Which is why years and years later, it feels even more strange that we are going to be calling this city home.
If I sound unexcited or negative it's just that we're in the thick of house hunting (not going super well) and I feel that we're starting to mourn the loss of the home we've made for ourselves here in San Antonio. You know, change and stuff. It can be hard.
But as much as I was not thrilled about our initial move to Cincinnati, I was pleasantly surprised with how quickly we liked it. And we really, really liked it. Cincy (as the locals say) is a hidden gem in my opinion. I know the coasts get all the love and attention, not to mention the scenic mountain states two of which I've called home. I mean who doesn't love a beautiful sandy beach or a breath taking mountain vista? Truthfully the idea of not living near the beach, something I always wanted, is kinda hard. But the midwest has it's own romance. Sure it's a more understated romance, but also more laid back. Flying under the radar comes with less pressure... you don't have to try so hard. They know they're not the glamorous costal states and cities that everyone is always clamoring about, and they're OK with that. In fact I think they prefer it that way. The midwest is not the tall, dark and handsome captain of the football team oozing with confidence and charm that everyone already knows is cool. No, the midwest is the quiet, slightly nerdy kid who sits in the back and never purposely draws attention to himself, but eventually wins everyone over with his sarcastic wit and impressively broad musical repertoire and you kick yourself for not noticing him sooner because you could have been hanging out with him all this time???
Restauranteur David Falk recently wrote a Love Letter to Cincinnati published in the Huffington Post. His last two lines sum up Cincinnati perfectly:
You are no longer that embarrassing girlfriend I don't tell my friends about, insecure and self-conscious. You're alive and breathing in gasps of energy and I scream my love for you from the Italianate rooftops.
Here we come Cincinnati, ready or not.
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