Suspicions. And Roots.
May 3rd, 2012
Pittsburghers don’t understand Kentucky.
The nearly-universal response I’ve gotten from ‘Burgh friends when I tell them we’re moving to the Bluegrass State is one of mild horror. The eyebrows raise, then furrow. The nose wrinkles slightly. And the question inevitably follows: “why?”
What’s ironic about this response is that it’s almost exactly the way my Midwestern friends reacted to news of my move to the Steel City nine years ago.
People are snooty about other geographies, it seems.
What’s interesting, though, is that ‘Burgh Folk do understand roots. The moment I tell someone that my husband is from Kentucky, their attitude instantly shifts. They relax. They smile. They get it now. Pittsburghers understand that the place you came from is important and holds power on your life and your heart.
People here may not understand the allure of our new state, but they understand that we’re going home.