When people think of Cleveland, Ohio - many of them immediately go to this. It has been a moniker for the city for as long as I can remember.
Having been born and raised just East of the CLE (as we like to say) I have wonderful memories of the city that is the home of Rock and Roll.
The days of taking the rapid to go shopping and having lunch at The Silver Grille on Higbee’s 10th floor. Oh, it was always such a treat! You felt SO special dining there!
Then, of course, there were the dark times. Crime. Social unrest. Hard times financially. And the river actually DID catch on fire, but that was years before. In 1969.
Things closed. The flats, once the hot spot of Cleveland, became a ghost town. As I finished High School, we avoided downtown like the plaque.
But, the city of Rock and Roll rose from the ashes like the Phoenix. We may not have a winning football team lol – but we darn well have heart!
And our theatre district is really something to see.
Gorgeous theatres – lovingly preserved in all their glory still stand proudly today. I love going to the theatre downtown. The lights. The excitement.
It was here that I fell hopelessly in love with a Phantom. It was here that I flew with a green witch - defying gravity in a way that stopped my heart in my chest.
I love this city. I actually worked downtown, right smack dab in the theatre district for almost seven years. And it was so much fun.
We have world class restaurants, and of course the Rock and Roll Hall of fame. Museums that are extraordinary, and an Imax theatre that will blow your mind.
I know I sound like a travel commercial, but Ohio, and Cleveland, have a lot to offer, and this month, I wanted to share just a bit of why I do enjoy living here.
I’m the first to say, that I am a total water girl. I would love to live on the beach. But I think I would still miss my hometown. I’d miss that change of seasons and the drives to Amish country in the fall with the trees exploding in color.
I think it’s nice to stop sometimes and remember what we love about the places we live. It’s much too easy to forget the wonderful things around us.
Wherever you happen to plant your roots, always remember to find the magic in your hometown. It’s there for the picking!
Stay safe. Stay healthy.