Wisconsin is home. There doesn’t seem to be much reason to ever move away, but if, for some reason, you’re forced from our friendly borders, there are plenty of things you’ll find yourself longing for. Here are the things you’ll ask yourself should you ever move away:
1. I can't believe I miss the smell of farmland in the summer.
As a kid, the miles and miles of farmland between here and wherever you're going were not only boring, but they smelled bad. But there's something oddly nostalgic and comforting about those sights and smells when you don't have them anymore.
2. They closed school for this?
We're well used to the snow, ice and general yuckiness that winter brings. We'll shovel in our shorts, celebrate when the temperature is above 35 and generally be unphased by the unpleasantness winter can bring. Then we'll strap on some skiis or hit the snowmobile and enjoy it.
3. Wow, where's all the good cheese?
We know we have delicious dairy, but we don't really KNOW it until we go other places and find out the store brand stuff in Wisconsin is still eons better than anything you can get elsewhere.
4. What do you mean there's no deer hunting weekend?
Alternatively: "Where's our blaze orange?"
5. You call that an Old Fashioned?
Though the cocktail is definitely more popular outside Wisconsin than it used to be, good luck finding a place that'll make a well-muddled brandy Old Fashioned the way you learned to make for your family members as a kid.
6. I don't have an accent!
Doesn't it seem like so many of our towns are named just to exploit our uniquely Wisconsin round O's and nasal delivery?
7. Where's the fish fry?
Sure, it started as a Lenten tradition, but Friday fish fries are a staple year round now and we expect them no matter the season. And we want rye bread and coleslaw and potato pancakes as our options, thank you very much.
8. Oh look, a Badger!
You'll get adept at picking out a Motion W or Bucky Badger on a piece of clothing from 1,000 paces. With Packer supporters from all over, this becomes the crucial way to spot a fellow Wisconsinite out in the wild.
9. I should have taken advantage of the farm-fresh food when I could.
We produce some of the best dairy, fruits, vegetables and livestock in the country. Farm-to-table isn't just a movement, it's a way of life. We're incredibly spoiled by our access to fresh food.
10. You call that a brat?
When I lived down south, I could buy something that was called a brat, but that was probably a generous naming choice.
11. Where's the green space?
We have so many state, county and city parks. We really take care of our scenery and make it available to the public and you'll find yourself wondering where all the green space is when you move elsewhere.
12. This Bloody Mary is naked.
From ornate garnishes to the beer chaser, a Wisconsin Bloody Mary is a special kind of drink and too many other folks leave those very important details out.
13. I wish I was at Lambeau.
There are a lot of rabid fanbases out there, but few have the lifelong connection to the team that we do. Heading to Lambeau, tailgating and carving out a few hours on Sundays are almost a devotion here. Lucky for you, there seem to be Packer fans (and Packer bars) everywhere around the world.
14. I really enjoyed having four seasons.
There's just something about marking the passage of time with the distinct seasons. You won't know to miss it until it's gone.
15. Wait, you don't have a festival for that?
From Milwaukee's summer-long stretch of festivals to the tons of small-town food festivals, in Wisconsin, if we love something, we build a party around it.
16. I miss the sunsets.
With our amazing and varied terrain, sunsets here can be over valleys, farmland, water, glacial formations and more and we wouldn't want it any other way.
17. There's no place like home!
No matter how far away you roam, there's nothing better than coming home.
Do these sound familiar? If you’ve ever had to leave Wisconsin long-term, how many of these did you think about while you were gone? Tell us all about it in the comments!