My wife and her family lived in the northwest for a very long time.
Washington is home to my wife.
Unfortunately, there is a lot of rain in Seattle and neither one of us thought it was going to be a good place to live. We certainly couldn’t raise a family in the city. Both of us looked at several areas and we finally settled on a small suburb called Orland Park. Orland Park has a lot of appeal. It is a smaller region, but it is only 40 minutes away from Chicago. One of my offices was located in Chicago and it worked out perfectly. Last year, my wife’s family decided to visit us in Orland Park for a couple of days during the holidays. Things were tense and uncomfortable and I was happy when the visit was over and everyone was getting ready to go home. Unfortunately, the cold air and snow made travel from the airport dangerous. All of the flights were cancelled and my wife’s family were stuck in Orland Park, Illinois with us for one more night. They were already checked out of the hotel at that point, so my wife and I allowed everyone to stay in our home. We set everyone up in the basement on the cot and the pull-out sofa. We got the space heater out of the garage and set it up in the corner of the room. In 30 or 40 minutes, the whole place was warm and cozy. The flight was only delayed until the first thing in the morning and we parted ways on good terms.