I was born and raised here. I've spent most of my life within the county, from Theodore to Semmes to Downtown Mobile to West Mobile. I wasn't always the most appreciative of my city, but I definitely have grown to love it more and more as I've gotten older.
Everything from Foosackly's to Serda's has me always craving the local spots when I go away to school. Mobile was the perfect place to grow up in. My love of rainy days is thanks to Mobile's title of Rainiest City in America. The historical aspects of the city are shown through the beautiful homes and scenery seen downtown.
If someone ever tells you that New Orleans started Mardi Gras, you have my and every other Mobilian's permission to school them on the origins of the Carnival celebration. News flash: Mobile began the tradition years before it ever reached Louisiana. The fun that Mardi Gras brings to the city is so festive and exciting, calling many to the heart of the city.
Even though it is a southern city, there are some great progressive and modern aspects you can find downtown and Midtown. Pride parades are where I've had some of the best memories made. There's always a new restaurant or theater show or sporting event.
So, Mobile, I thank you for being a great place for me to grow up, but eventually, I will say good-bye. Mobile's history made me excited to travel and find my way, wherever it may be. I can't wait to see where life takes me, and it's all thanks to my roots.