Where Indeed?

“If you could live anywhere in the world with no expenses to consider, where would you live? Why?”

As a teacher of geography for thirty five years I’ve thought a lot about this question. Each time we started to study a new region of the world I’d focus on the map and evaluate what it might be to live there. And for the record, I still adore looking at maps. I bought a huge wall mural (wallpaper), intending to put it on my wall in a blank hallway. I never put it up, though, because it didn’t show political divisions.

So what did I learn about where I’d like to live?

Okay, first I think you’d have to be aware of the type of government you’d be dealing with. After growing up in a democracy, I don’t want anything to do with dictators.

Second, I’m not much good at languages so I’d want the main language to be English.

Third, I like modern technology. I don’t want to live without my computer, microwave, etc.

Fourth, I have some health issues so I need to be close to modern medical care.

Okay, what else would influence my decision? My family is the very top of the list. I like living near them. Just yesterday my son stopped by, and we spent a couple of hours talking and laughing. I love them all very much, and I have no desire to live without them. I have some very good friends that I’d hate to leave too. My life is fuller because they’re in it.

I don’t think I want to live any place where the weather is extreme. It snowed here over the weekend, and its almost gone, but I still can’t get out to walk, and I hate that.

I’ve always lived in smaller towns so for a short while I’d probably like a big city, but for the long run I doubt it. I’m the kind of person who needs some quiet time for herself. I don’t know if you could find that as well in a large city.

I love the ocean, but there’s nothing like a beautiful mountain top. It would be hard to choose between them.

So, where’s my favorite place to live? Right here in upstate South Carolina. I was born here, and even though I have lived in other places, there’s really no place like home. Everything I ever wanted is here or close by. The only drawback I can see is the humidity in the summer, but we have great air conditioners so no problem. I feel very lucky to live in a place that fulfills my wish list and makes my heart happy.

If I did have to move somewhere else, I’m sure I could make a life there too, but I hope I never have to try.

About Elaine Cantrell

Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina. She has a Master’s Degree in Personnel Services from Clemson University and is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary sorority for women educators. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America. Her first novel A New Leaf was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest and was published in 2004 by Oak Tree Press. When she isn't writing you can find Elaine playing with her dog or maybe collecting more vintage Christmas ornaments
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8 Responses to Where Indeed?

  1. Patricia Kiyono says:

    South Carolina is one state I haven’t visited yet. It does sound lovely where you are.

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  2. I have been to South Carolina once when I was in middle school. My parents took me out of school so we could go watch my oldest brother graduate from boot camp. It was a pretty place to visit. I have wanted to go back and hope to someday be able to.
    It is nice to love the place you live and always wonderful to be near family and friends.

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  3. How nice to be happy and feel at home, Elaine! My father referred to “home” and he meant North Carolins. My mother would say “home” and she meant Pennsylvania. I swore that my kids wouldfeel that we had a ‘home’ wherever we were, and they do consider my house ‘home’,but I have never been comfortable in where I have been for far too long.

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  4. Jeff Salter says:

    excellent analysis.
    And I’d also want all those qualifiers.

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