My kids are both born and raised Oregonians. Not only were they born in the Willamette Valley, they have spent 11 and 13 years in our beautiful state. Really, where else can you have the beach, the lakes, the cities AND the mountains all within a few hours? Kids raised in the Pacific Northwest truly have many advantages. One of the main things I notice is they seem to appreciate a lifestyle that embraces healthier living, social awareness and natural beauty.
Usually I can spot a kid raised in the Northwest and this is why...
They laugh at the idea of owning an umbrella.
They choose locally owned coffee houses vs Starbucks
They see Voodoo donuts for the tourist trap it really is
They are already choosing which tattoo they want to get
They know their way around REI
They are liberal Democrats
Powell's bookstore is a favorite hang out
They own a pair (or two) of Keen sandals
They can recycle like a boss
Food carts and farmers markets are considered hang outs
They use the hashtag #lovewins
They are seasoned hikers
They were weaned on caffeine
They prefer bicycles over cars
Rain boots are considered a fashion statement
It's funny when I talk to my kids about what they hope to do in the future. Both like the idea of attending the University of Oregon and my son hopes to become a fruit farmer with a side dish of cartoon animation.
My daughter is leaning towards the arts, photography holds great interest for her. I admit, I hope those dreams come to fruition.
In the meantime, I'm going to continue to do my part by exposing them to the beauty and uniqueness of our state. I consider it self preservation so they don't move away from me when I'm old. I'm gonna need them to sort my recyclables, bring me locally roasted coffee, drive me to the farmers market and help me shop for new rain boots.