“He who transplanted still sustains.” (Qui Transtulit Sustinet) – Connecticut State Motto
It’s been about a week since my last post card, so I thought I would ease into it by posting one of my home state! I spent the first 18 years of my life in Connecticut, before moving to New York, Arizona, and Pennsylvania for school or for work. My family lives in one of the largest cities in Connecticut, about an hour’s drive from New York City, and about 15 minutes from Long Island Sound.
A few key things about this location have influenced me deeply:
- New England is my favorite region of the US for its seasons – having a full four seasons was one of the things I missed most when we lived in Arizona. My favorite by far is the glorious, vibrant autumn. Nothing beats the changing colors of the foliage in New England. The best drive in Connecticut to see see autumn’s colors is a drive up the scenic Merritt Parkway.
- The seafood – oh the seafood! I loved living near the ocean because I could eat seafood all day every day without getting sick of it. Lobster, crab legs, clams, scallops, mussels, oysters (my personal favorite)… Don’t forget halibut, cod, or haddock drizzled with butter and a squirt of fresh lemon… my mouth is watering just thinking about it!
- Actually, the food in general. Nothing beats Vermont extra sharp cheddar, or Ben and Jerry’s ice cream (also from Vermont), or fresh cranberry sauce, or clam chowder (‘chowdah’ if you’re from the Boston area). And some sources claim the Hamburger was invented in New Haven, Connecticut!
And on a lighter note, a few highlights from comedian Jeff Foxworthy’s “You know you are a true New Englander when“:
- You measure distance in hours.
You can drive 65 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard, without flinching.
- Vacation means going South past New York City for the weekend.