NOT the fly-over zone!
I moved to Worthington for a job. I had never lived in the Midwest before and my East Coast relatives considered this the "fly-over" zone. How wrong they were! Having grown up in a congested, downsliding city, a place like Worthington was what I dreamed about as a child. I earned my Ph.D. and took a job as a professor in Delaware. We lived there for 14 years, but it never felt quite right for us. So, when my son was old enough to walk to school on his own, I decided to move closer to Columbus. I looked around the whole area but the school system, the walkability, and the charming atmosphere made Worthington the obvious choice. One day when I was driving around looking for a house -- my first house ever -- I saw a women standing in front of her home, chatting with a neighbor. I stopped to ask her about this town and she graciously invited me into her kitchen. Turns out she knew a LOT about Worthington since she was on the town council. After that conversation with Bonnie Michael, I thought, if everyone is this informed and hospitable here, then I've definitely made the right choice. Soon we found a home and my son started going to middle school. He loved it here and I was very happy he could walk to school and home safely. But even after he graduated from Thomas, I decided I did not want to leave Worthington. Now I've been a Trustee of the Worthington Libraries, am a graduate of Leadership Worthington, and am privileged to be on the Visioning Committee, plus I can walk downtown and have all sorts of friends here. This was the right choice!
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