We'll be close to New York!
Close to the ocean!
They have a lot more ice cream shops!
There's a massive used bookstore in CT with a number of live-in cats!
Free tickets to Disney World, which, okay, maybe doesn't excite you, but it greatly increases your chances of visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!
Some of these she seemed to take in and ponder, and some she lobbed right back at us. One pro I never even considered, however, was the cemeteries.
Daughter and I both appreciate a good graveyard. It doesn't take much to make it "good" in our estimation, either; really just a few headstones that are legible. There's something about getting only a few tantalizing details to a greater story that sets your feet to walking to read the next one, and the next one, and the next, forever and ever until both Atticus and Caedmon are slumped on the ground moaning and wondering aloud, "Whhhyyyy do you like dead things so much?"
What's not to like? I mean, just look at the winged cherub (or is it a death's head?) on this one!
AND look at the dates on this one! We'd explored a number of Iowa cemeteries, and I apparently had that kind of timeline in my head; when we walked to our first cemetery here in town I thought maybe we'd get lucky and see a few Civil War-ear headstones. Imagine my delight at so many pre-Revolutionary War inscriptions! I am admittedly a down-to-the-bone Midwesterner who is impressed with this kind of antiquity. Don't get me wrong; I still appreciate a good Iowa pioneer cemetery, and you'll find an entirely different kind of history in the cemeteries of the Midwest that's just as fascinating.
But look at these names!
And these were just the local cemeteries- we haven't even begun to search out some of the older or well-known within CT, of which there are so many! Please take my word for this, unless you knowingly want to trip down that internet hole, in which case might I suggest you start here or here or maybe here.
I do have more than just pictures of tombstones on my phone, I'll have you know. I can't get too up in arms, though, because it's mostly just screenshots of books I want to read,
ideas relating to house projects,
and pictures of our kids working. Because nothing gives me greater joy.
I didn't choose the boring life, the boring life chose- oh, wait, yes I did!