But today? When a local shop owner tells me a Panera is being built in our little town, right in front of the grocery store I go to, a short 5-minute drive from our house, I will tell her that she's made my day. And I will mean it.
Everything is relative, that's what I've learned.
I see lots of baguettes in our future, and Sunday night soup-and-sandwich dates, and cozy mornings spent writing and sipping coffee.
It doesn't take much to excite me these days. I suppose one really healthy side effect of living in an area you aren't totally in love with is that you end up taking less for granted. And ultimately, that's a good thing.
So here's to chocolate croissants and acai berry iced tea!