Former Fort Wayne resident Amy Welborn (recently moved to Alabama) has us in her rearview mirror, and couldn't be happier:
"But we are happy to be here [Alabama] for other reasons, too. I’ve no doubt that enumerating them will offend Fort Wayne loyalists, but so be it. It was, in short, one of the oddest places I’ve ever lived. I still cannot figure it out. For the life of me, I can’t." Read it all here»
You'd think that oddity might make a place interesting, but obviously, not for her.
It can be hard to love, or learn to love, the Midwest. Her complaints about Fort Wayne could be repeated for any number of Midwestern cities (and other places). Even we who love it are often exasperated with it--the frigid winter temperatures, the intolerance of diversity, resistance to change.
We Midwest lovers remind ourselves to find the balance in the lushness of August, the knowledge that diversity flourishes in spite of intolerance, and that change is inevitable. Even in Fort Wayne.