It’s been a good long while since I’ve used this blogospace to talk about other blogs. I still read a lot of other people’s news in the form of twitter, facebook and yes, blogs. Rafe Colburn pointed me to something I never would have seen otherwise, a post on a NY Times sports blog where Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick talks about why he moved back to Indiana. Since I’m one of those lucky people who could probably live anywhere in the world, people sometimes ask me what I’m doing here. This guy’s answer resonated with me.
Iâ€™m really all Bay Area at this point. Iâ€™m loving it out there. In the course of this dinner, Tom tells me that heâ€™s moving back to Detroit. I said, â€˜Thatâ€™s crazy, why are you doing that?â€™ He said: â€˜If you can live anywhere in the world, you ought to live here, because itâ€™s fantastic. It has all this natural beauty, and the weather is great. As a consequence, so many people who live here donâ€™t have a reason to be somewhere else. Theyâ€™re attracted by those thing as opposed to something else.â€™ He said, â€˜I need to be someplace where thereâ€™s a sense of community because thatâ€™s what motivates me.â€™ That was an absolutely light-bulb moment for me. I said: â€˜Thatâ€™s me. Thatâ€™s what motivates me.â€™ On a dime, I switched and said, â€˜Where can I get involved in the community?â€™
It’s not so much that I think Randolph, Vermont is the only place for me, or that my family has been here for generations or whatever. It’s that I really like living in a small town, where I have a special job to do and where people still need to learn the sorts of things that I teach. And I like living in the woods and despite my grousing about the mice, I like living close, really close, to nature. I like having a short list of options even though I’m aware it’s a sort of artificial constriction of the whole list of what’s possible. There’s always the larger bloggy world when I need to go someplace I’ve never been before. Thanks, Rafe.