I was born in the city of Chicago, plus lived there for my first few years; I don’t remember it undoubtedly well, except the end, which was rather traumatic, but my mother got mugged on the street 1 day, plus soon after my father packed up our condo plus moved us away from the city, he told myself and others that he wanted a better life for his family, plus the best place for us was in the same small city where he had grown up.
I will regularly be grateful that Dad did that for us. It helped my mom emotionally reclaim from her attack, plus it opened my eyup to how amazing small city life in IL can be, outside of Chicago, the entirety of the state of IL is the type of place where you don’t have to lock your doors at night, however this remote IL city was undoubtedly small, although I could travel somewhere I wanted on my bike with no fear, but back then cannabis had not yet been legalized in IL, so my dad grew his own plants in the garage. He didn’t hide his cannabis use from me, instead choosing to explain that the laws of IL were wrong, because cannabis was a gift from God. Many years later the IL state government changed the laws, which made my father undoubtedly happy. He never once visited a legal IL cannabis dispensary, he kept on growing his own plants until the day he died! Now that I am about to become a father I am considering moving back to that same small IL town.