When we lived in Tucson, I often lamented to Tim about the quality of the grocery stores. "Where can a girl get a decent loaf of bread in this town?" "This produce is terrible!" "Why are the stores so uninspiring?"
Then, I started traveling the USA...and I realized that our whole country has some serious food quality issues (more on that later).
How I long for Trader Joe's with balloons and free samples! How I wish I could stop in for zucchini squash, cantaloupe, & plums (and gummy bears!) at Sunflower Market! And let's not forget that I had access to the boring (but reliable and decently priced) Safeway & Fry's.
I also miss the spectacular desert sunsets, painted by the very breath of God - each night a creative display of artistry.
And - oh! - the glorious mountains towering high above in every direction.
I took for granted the pleasant dryness of the weather. Even in the hottest summers, our family could still go out for walks after dusk - without being eaten alive by mosquitos and bloodhungy gnats.
I pine for the yellow sunshine, beating down on my bare shoulders in the springtime. For the winding hiking trails through cactus country. For the lack of tornados and blizzards.
As we drive cross-country, people inevitably ask where we're from. After we answer, they say, "I love Tucson!" or "We'd love to move there!" Without fail. Apparently, my nondescript hometown has quite the reputation.
All this to say - Tucson may be lacking in some areas (nice parks with updated playscapes, unique residential & commercial architecture, and a thriving business/technology environment), but it also has a certain charm.
Oh, Tucson, you're still inside me. An invisible tattoo on my life.
What do you like most about the city you currently live in?