I just returned from my annual pilgrimage to the West. This year was for a family reunion. I am always fascinated when I visit the West to see how different things are from my life on the East Coast. This year, our family reunion was in Rexburg. Some of my observations:

1. Wow, there are a lot of kids in Rexburg – There were kids everywhere, whereas they are a bit few and far between in the East
2. There are some very young mothers in Rexburg – Seeing such young mothers in the East is usually limited to the poor areas of large cities
3. There are a lot of pregnant bellies (which are really cute) in Rexburg – Not something I see a lot of in the East
4. There are some large families in Rexburt – Seeing a family with 4 kids in the East will turn heads, forget about 6, 8 or more…
5. People are really nice there – strangers were very friendly and customer service is very good – in the East not so much…
6. The roads are so wide and people drive really slow (most seem to drive the speed limit) – OK this was sort of obnoxious…

Overall, it really feels like you are in a bubble versus the rest of the world. I don’t know if that is good or bad as I can see both sides to it, but certainly it is almost surreal after being immersed in the East coast for so many years.