You know, people ask me all the time, do you like living in Alabama? Do you like living in the South?
And to be honest with you there are things that are REALLY different about living here and then there are things that are not so different about living here. But I thought I would do a post on all the things that I love about Cullman and why I don’t see myself moving anywhere else for a while.
8. Sweet Tea
So you are thinking, Dawn, really? Number eight on your list is Sweet Tea? Shouldn’t that be in your top five. Well, to be honest with you, sweet tea and I have a love-hate relationship. I love sweet tea, I could drink it all day, every day. However, my hips and thighs may have something else to say about that and so it has to land close to the end of my list, for now.
7. It’s a small town after all.
I like that Cullman is a small town. I like small town’s. Now, I haven’t done anything too crazy yet for the town to feel too small (if you know what I mean). But I like that there are times that I run into people I know on the street, at the grocery store, and in Walmart even though I’ve lived here for 3.5 months and I don’t really know that many people yet.
6. The city
I have traveled to cities all across the country and even to some international locations and though I have seen some places that are like Cullman, there is nothing that is the same as Cullman. The city of Cullman is an interesting place because depending on what street you are on (and some of them are named very similarly (2nd St. and 2nd Ave., 3rd St. and 3rd Ave.) you can find shops and offices of all different types. And then there are different parts of the city that you could go to for different things depending on what you need, you’ve got “downtown” which is city center…though that is shifting a bit because of where new development is springing up, you have the warehouse district which is ironically newer and older all at the same time, but it’s a more “up-scale” area of town. And then you have the areas of new development and the old shopping centers and well, it’s just a very interesting place to live cause you can often times drive from one side of town to the other before you realize that is what you have spent your day doing.
5. The pride
There are some folks here that are really proud of where they live and that this is the place they call home. And yeah, they gripe about this issue or that issue, but deep down in side, they are very deeply entrusted to this place and probably wouldn’t trade it for anything. I like that about Cullman.
4. The people
I really do like the people in the south. Yeah, you have your crazy rednecks that drive around with their confederate flags and some of them still haven’t gotten on the bandwagon that just cause your skin is white does not make you the dominant race, but for the most part the people in Cullman are just really sweet, friendly people. I like going into stores and having people say, “Hey y’all, how you doin’ today.” And I enjoy meeting new people and hearing their stories about how long they have lived here and what they like about Cullman. It’s one of the top reasons why I enjoy living here. And yes, I love their draw. Some people don’t care for southern draws, I love them. I hope I have one some day. And I cannot wait to hear my son say, “Momma” all sweet and slow.
3. The country
Believe it or not, this city born-suburbs bred girl is starting to enjoy country living. Now, some may say, “Dawn, you don’t even really live in the country, country.” No, no I don’t. I need to take some baby steps there, and to be honest I am not sure I want to be in the country. I enjoy being around people way too much. But where I am is more country than city and even as I type this blog outside my window I am listening to the birds and bugs, oh, and a lawnmower. I like that about Cullman for the most part, it’s a quiet place to live and therefore, very peaceful.
2. The food
I mean, come on. At least 3 of my blog posts have been solely about the food here and I have been tempted to do more…maybe soon. But I never thought I’d say it, but I love the food here. This coming from the same girl who told her boyfriend (now husband) that she didn’t like barbeque sauce and stood there proudly even when he announced this to his family and their jaws dropped. I just didn’t grow up eating a lot of barbeque sauce, but now I love it and my favorite place to eat in town, still stands to be Southern Hickory Barbeque. (where ironically I eat my smoked pulled-pork plain, as it’s served with vinegar not bbq) But you get my point.
1. My family
The number one reason why I love Cullman is that my family is here. Of course, my husband and son are here but I love that there are grandma’s and grandpa’s and aunts and uncles and cousins. I love that Sawyer’s party was so large because Chris’ family is so large. I love that they all came and wouldn’t have missed it for anything. I love, love, love (yes three times love) that family is so close by, some even in walking distance.
I love Cullman. I am thankful that God put this place on our hearts and had us move here.