“Why I Live Here” – Sarah Ramsdell Beal
Vermont is where I belong. While childhood friends have scattered across the states (and much farther), my feet are firmly planted in Vermont soil. When I introduced this blog series, “Why I live here…” to the Chamber staff it was to connect on a mutual love for our wonderful state. My decision to let others write their posts before my own was an effort to avoid writing a novel and to let my co-workers have at a few topics before launching into my love letter to Vermont. Valentine’s day is in fact this week!
Considering I asked my co-workers to focus in on something specific, it’s only fair that I follow suit. My love affair with Vermont is perfectly defined by a day of skiing: a day reliant on the outdoors, weather, and a booming tourism industry, but also a step back to “simple”, when the only worry is where you’ll find the best snow or when it may be time to let your hands thaw with a lodge break. Vermont happens to offer up a buffet of endless activities and sports, as well as a resident population that heralds time well spent outdoors. The only improvement that can be made to a perfect day on snow is a pour of a local craft brew (or two) and reminiscing with friends and strangers about the best turns (and tumbles) of the day.
This past weekend, when I rode up the lift with a trio of 20-somethings from out of town, I was reminded of this geographical luck. After some banter, one exclaimed “Wow, I would have loved to have grown up in Vermont. You must have awesome parents for raising you here.”
I most certainly do.
I owe it to my parents, John and Sharon Beal of member business Vermont Business Brokers, for making me a “Vermonter”. We moved here in 1996 [Yup – I’m not a native – secret’s out!]. My parents moved here for a myriad of reasons, but most notably for my brother and I. Thanks Mom and Dad.
And that’s… why I live here.
I love you, Vermont.
Sarah Ramsdell Beal, Director of Communications, Marketing, and Tourism, LCRCC