1. Where I Grew Up
Growing up in a small town in rural Connecticut, I always resented the quiet. Parties with my friends consisted of bonfires in the woods because the mall and the movie theater were each a half-hour’s drive away; I have a sneaking suspicion that there may be more cows than people; and about the most exciting thing to happen was getting a Dunkin Donuts — our town’s first major chain — but only after I moved away to college. Maybe that old adage is true, but after a year of travel, distance really has made my heart grow fonder. I relish those moments where I can go home again, gather around the dinner table with my family and, yes, enjoy the quiet.