At the risk of sounding cliche, I cannot believe how fast this summer went. I am a summer girl through-and-through. I love shorts, watermelon, and the community that summer fosters--how the sun lingers in the sky and kids stay up way past their bedtime, and how people tend to have less obligation and more time for each other.
But I do admit I also love the rhythms of a school year. I live two blocks from Brownell Middle School, and I enjoy watching the middle schoolers walk by with their too-heavy backpacks at 2:45 p.m. There’s something comforting to me about counting on them to walk by at the same time each afternoon.
I’m sorry; I forgot to introduce myself. I’m Carly, and I’ll be blogging here weekly for a while. I’ve lived in Gilroy a little more than five years. I moved here from Boston (and before that, the Sierra Nevada Mountains) for a job without ever having been here before. It was a gamble, looking back. But my husband and I told ourselves we could leave if we hated it. It was 11 p.m. when we turned on Highway 152 West from Interstate 5. We were weary after a long day on the road. We were nervous about settling somewhere we’d only seen on Google Maps. We cracked the windows, and the coastal breeze from the Chittenden Pass filled the car with the pungent aroma that I now associate with home. We couldn’t see anything in the dark--our opinion of Gilroy would have to wait for the sun.
The next morning, we awoke early and drove to Starbucks on First Street via Santa Teresa Boulevard. The Santa Cruz Mountains were a deep green that day, and the yellow mustard flowers were in full bloom. While in line at Starbucks, someone struck up a friendly conversation with me--something I hadn’t been used to from city living.
It felt like I had come home.
But I digress. Since that day, I’ve bought a house, had two children and put my roots down in the South Valley. I love living here. Sure, it has its problems--who doesn’t occasionally check Realtor.com to stake out areas with cheaper home prices?--but in this area, I’ve found a fantastic community to raise a family in.
This blog will be a lifestyle pulse of the South Valley. I’ll keep you abreast of local events, good food, new business, and outdoors activities. And wine--always wine. I’ll also share a bit from my personal life as I enjoy living in the place I’ve described to outsiders as “a-little-bit-Bay-Area-and-a-little-bit-Central-coast.”
The truth is, the South Valley is its own special place incomparable to regions in its proximity. In the words of my 4-year-old daughter Georgie, “we have the beach. We have the mountains. We have Gilroy Gardens. We never have to leave.”
She’s not entirely wrong.
I'm excited to work with gmhTODAY through this blog. I'm all about experiencing the South Valley and this new blog will not only allow me to do that, but share my experiences with the diverse readership of gmhTODAY. I am also taking over gmhTODAY's social media, so please "like" us and "follow" us on Facebook and our new Instagram account (@gmhtodaymag). We'll be hosting contests, giveaways, and more. See you there!