Andrew on the other hand comes from an opposite people. His mom is from Memphis, his dad from San Antonio, they met in Nashville, and have lived in Manhattan, Illinois, Salt Lake City, Seattle, and Portland during Andrew’s thirty years. His mom talks about moving to Africa or maybe Italy. Everyplace is on the table for them.
All of that moving growing up and not really having a home beyond where his parents are currently living has made Andrew a hunkering down people too. He moved to New Mexico with the plan to stay for a pretty long time and make his own home. I moved here with the plan to stay for two years of graduate school and move back to the wonderful land of milk and honey as quickly as possible. That was eight years ago.
So, here we are - two hunkering down people making a life in New Mexico. Sometimes I think about leaving and moving someplace new, and I wonder if we’ll ever do it. But, New Mexico is a place we both love and that makes us happy. I don’t’ know if we could find that balance somewhere else. Salt Lake City has been looking pretty appealing to me lately – being in a real city with lots of restaurants and entertainment, a bigger job market, more affordable housing choices and still with access to the mountains, amazing recreation opportunities, natural beauty. That seems like a pretty good place to hunker down too.
One thing is for sure, wherever we are, we’ll be hunkering down!