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Georgia On My Mind… 

We all have a place that feels like home to us, whether it be our hometown, or in the arms of a loved one. For my aunt, Erica, home was 1,200 miles from her small town life in Maine.

How Did It Happen?

Shortly after a breakup in 2002, Erica found herself talking to a man that she met in an MSN Chatroom. Right away, Jason sparked her interest, and before long they were talking daily. Erica knew that she had to meet Jason, so six weeks later, she hopped on a plane and headed down to Georgia.

Just after four short days, Erica knew that Jason was the man she wanted to spend the rest of her life with. If Jason couldn’t move his life to Maine, then Erica wouldn’t hesitate to pack everything she had and call Georgia her new home.

When my aunt returned from her short stay in Georgia, my grandfather was waiting to pick her up at the airport. He couldn’t help but think that she was being a little irrational about moving, and that it was just a phase that would pass.

…It didn’t.

A month after leaving Georgia, Erica was on her way back, and this time it was for good.

A New Life

As fate would have it, Erica and Jason wed in October of 2005. While not having her family right down the road was a huge adjustment to get used to, life with Jason made things easy.

When I asked Erica how her life in Maine differed from her new life in Georgia, she responded by saying, “I feel like in Athens, Georgia at least, that people tend to be very hospitable and friendly. As an overall general rule of thumb, people tend to go out of their way to be polite and pleasant. You don’t feel like you’re being intrusive to ask somebody a question.”

In July of 2004, Erica began working for the University of Georgia, and in 2007, she and Jason purchased a house together.

It has now been twelve years since Erica took a leap of faith and put aside her Yankee ways to start her new life in the South. She is still happily married to Jason after almost ten years, and has only grown in her career with the University of Georgia.

Erica is living the love story that she always dreamed of. To sum up her life in one sentence, she smiled and told me, “I have a career, I have a husband, I have a family, I have money in the bank, I have my own home, I have all of the things that anyone could possibly want, and I am genuinely happy.”

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