Mariko, my daughter's hoity toity English teacher from Hawaii, doesn't think I'm selling Utah very well and told me to work on it.
I may not be one to accentuate the positive, but I am one to do what I'm told, so . . .
Actually I'm not one to do what I'm told, but I'll give it a whirl.
While Hawaii may have many things that Utah doesn't have, like cockroaches, kane spiders and head lice, Utah has many things that Hawaii doesn't have, like tanning salons, Sono Bello billboards and 25 mph speed limits.
One thing both states definitely have in common is hoity toity English teachers. And equally awesome next door neighbors!
Anyways, I've decided to write a Good Things Utah list, in no particular order, to highlight my favorite things about Utah that I never enjoyed in Hawaii:
- My mom's new dog, Bella
- My mom's new mobile home, Edward
- My sister
- My five brothers, (almost all of) their wives, and (all of) their kids
- Lawnmower ownership
- Helpful school administrators
- All-you-can-eat restaurants
- All-you-can-play basketball tournaments
- All-you-can-love in-laws
- Lunch with my writing friends
- Dinner with my writing friends
- Slumber parties with my writing friends
- My daughter's bank account
- Prince charming on the doorstep
- Good hair
- Back-to-back state basketball championships
- St. George
- Hobby Lobby
- Sam Hawk's
- My field of dreams
- The first snow
- The last snow
- My fireplace
Wait, did I mention Lulu?
All of these things are perks, fo' sho, but one of the most rewarding things about living in Utah is being present to face this day, March 27th, 2012--30 years after--with a soft heart and a forgiving spirit.
LY Dad! It's all good in the hood.