Washington January 22, 2017
13 Things Everyone Who’s Moved Away From Washington Has Thought At Least Once
For one reason or another (or a combination of reasons), people who grow up in the beautiful state of Washington end up leaving. And when that time comes, there’s usually a bit of an adjustment period. Here are some common thoughts among those who move away from the Evergreen State.
1. “OK, so I’ve definitely been spoiled by my coffee choices for my entire life.”
Washington is the birthplace of Starbucks, and that’s just our mediocre stuff. No matter what part of the state you call home, you’ll have a corner coffee shop waiting to brew you a delicious cup. That’s not the case everywhere, sadly.
2. “It appears I have also been spoiled by Washington beer and wine.”
Unless you move to the heart of Oregon or California wine country, you’d be hard-pressed to top our wonderful wine selection. And our beer is second to none.
3. “I’m HOW far from the ocean?”
If you move inland, expect coastal withdrawals.
4. “What, no Blue Friday?”
Schools and offices statewide participate in Blue Friday, where everyone wears their Seahawks garb on Fridays during football season. Obviously, that’s a Washington only occurrence.
5. “I guess I should buy new work clothes…”
We’re known for our casual office apparel. And that’s amazing, until you land an East Coast corporate job and realize you need to save your jeans for Saturdays.
6. “There’s really no summer like a Washington summer.”
Eastern Washington gets scorching hot, it stops raining on the west side, and the coast becomes warm and pleasant. Washington summers are incredible.
7. “I miss super fresh seafood.”
Have we mentioned we’re a little spoiled in Washington?
8. “So not every state is so geographically politically divided?”
It’s true, not every state is so split down the middle that there are constant rumors of an actual state divide (which will never actually happen).
9. “People sure have some weird stereotypes about my home.”
We do not all live in Seattle and work for Microsoft or Amazon, for one.
10. “Wait, am I actually craving the smell of rain?”
When the sound and smell of rain comforts you, you’re officially homesick.
11. “I wish I had appreciated Washington a little more.”
Washington is a beautiful state with a lot of diverse scenery. Everyone who calls it home should explore it as much as possible.
12. “Everyone else really does have an accent.”
We don’t have accents in the Pacific Northwest. The rest of the country does.
13. “I really miss home.”
Whether you were desperate to leave Washington or you were sad to go, at one point, you will miss it. And even if you don’t return, you’ll admit that it will always have a special place in your heart.
Though it’s great to get out there and explore the world, if you were born and raised in Washington,
it will always be home.