I think I should start off with an apology. I am sorry that I always compare you to Montana when I know you never could be my homeland, it's just not fair to compare you two. With that said, I would like to tell you that in the nearly three years (!??!) that my family has been living here I have found that I love you in a way I never anticipated. While our relationship may not last forever I just want you to know that I am thankful for every moment we do spend together.
Thank you for giving me a home and a community that is far more accepting than I ever expected. Honestly when Eric and I moved here we fully expected to feel like outsiders, but the exact opposite has happened. Our community has embraced us in a way we could never have dreamed; friendships and opportunities seem to fall into our laps.
Thank you for giving my family a place to wave our freak flags. I have never felt limited, restricted, or judged for being who I am. I had anticipated something of a negative reaction to our veganism, but the Wyomingites really do have a live and let live policy. I mean where else could a person feel comfortable wearing a live snake on their head like a turban (true story) or to wear pajamas exclusively (not my thing, but kind of a trend in some circles here)?
While there are parts of you that I can never accept (rodeos, ranching, etc.) I appreciate that you have given us a place to raise a family. A place where the natural world is always close at hand: turkey walking down the street, sure---raccoon hanging out in downtown sewer, of course---deer tracks in the yard, always. A place that nurtures an independent spirit. A place with people who are focused on their family. A place with more generous people than I have ever experienced in such close proximity.
Thank you Wyoming for being our first family home.