Pennsylvania October 28, 2017
9 Ways Pennsylvania Leaves A Footprint On Your Heart No Matter How Far You Travel
PA’s home. Even if you haven’t lived here in decades, chances are when you get a whiff of a certain smell – freshly made pierogis, for example – that your mind automatically brings up those long ago memories from life in Pennsylvania. Whether we realize it or not, PA has played a big role in all of our lives. And, those lessons we’ve learned along the way are something we instinctively carry in our hearts no matter how far we travel from home.
1. We value diversity.
PA’s a pretty diverse place with people from all cultures and backgrounds calling our beautiful state home. That diversity has taught us how to appreciate the differences – while acknowledging the similarities – in all of us.
2. Family comes first.
Living in Pennsylvania has shown many of us the importance of family. And, that includes the friends who have come into our lives and become part of our families.
3. We always offer a helping hand and are…
When tragedy or disaster strikes, we’re often reminded of the words of famous Pennsylvanian Mister Rogers: "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’" That’s just a natural instinct for Pennsylvanians, no matter where we roam, to lend a helping hand when needed.
4. Always ready for a conversation and...
Pennsylvanians are inherently friendly. Ask us for directions and you might just end up with a new friend. Same goes for starting a conversation while waiting in line at the grocery store, at the bus stop, or at a sporting event.
5. We have a deep appreciation for natural beauty…
We are fortunate to live in a state seeping in natural beauty: waterfalls, mountains, winding roads, and local wildlife. Pennsylvania’s taught us how to slow down and appreciate the beauty around us, no matter where we go.
How could we not appreciate history when we live in a state that’s played such a crucial role in our country’s story?
7. Good food and…
Nothing beats sitting down to a home-cooked meal with family or good friends. How many of us have sat down to a mouthwatering meal of homemade pieorgies, kielbasa, or (fill in the blank with your favorite home cooked meal)? So, even when we leave PA, if we get the chance to have a home-cooked meal, we take it.
8. A good ghost story…
Living in what might be the most haunted state in the United States has got most of us pretty attune to the paranormal. And, even if we don’t necessarily believe in it, we’re always up for a good ghost story.
9. We know we can always go home.
There’s always a warm comfort in knowing that we can always go back home again. Maybe that makes it even easier to embrace new adventures, no matter how far they take us from PA. And, when you get home, you’ll feel as though you never left.
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