The first few months living here in the Midwest I didn't really take the time to compare it to Washington. Sure there were a few obvious things, like the absence of greenery, hills or mountains. What struck me though was a conversation I had with a few kids in our homeschool group here. I'm teaching a little study on birds and I was showing pictures and I asked if any of them had ever seen a seagull?
Only a couple.
I could tell that my kids were looking around thinking that that was weird, and frankly so was I. It sunk in though how different things are here. Things my kids have grown up with these kids hadn't seen and vice versa.
For instance, it wasn't until last week that we got to see a firefly.
Here those are common place, but to us they are fascinating!
So that has just left me curious as to what else we took for granted back in the northwest...and a bit sad that my kids are young still and may not remember those things...like sand dollars...and slugs....digging for clams....the ocean...
I guess I'm a bit homesick, yet inspired to look for all the different things here we have yet to discover.