For as long as I can remember, my hubby has wanted us to move away from our home town of Reading, PA. I have lived here my entire life ~ and no where else. My main reasons have and still are the very same ~ my home is where my family is, my job and my very closest life-time friends are.
Sadly; however, it is getting more and more difficult to stay. According to a 2012 Huffington Post report, and I personally know this to be so as I can see this truth all around us in our town of Reading, we are the poorest city for our population in the country!
That being said, I would like to share with you all a few more reasons why I so wish to stay ...
**The Reading Pagoda**
** The Witch's Hat Pavilion **
The pavilion was built in 1892 in honor of William McIlvain, an avid hiker who often stopped to rest at that spot on the mountain. A plaque affixed to one of the walls pays homage to its history.
Over the years, the brownstone structure became known as the Witch's Hat because of its cone-shaped roof.
** Stokesay Castle **
** Greisemer's Mill Bridge **
A commemorative pin from the 2007 Skate America held in Reading, PA. My mother, my MIL and I attended this event at "The Sovereign Center" ~ downtown Reading. It was so memorable as not only were we able to spend a fun afternoon together, but it was so cool to see all of the International Skaters just walking around the hallways ... Japanese, Russian, Chinese, Canadian, Korean .
Some pics I had taken from our seats ...
The awesome Chinese Pair team of Pang & Tong!
U.S. Men's 2010 Olympic Gold Medalist Evan Lysacek
U.S. Women's Olympian Kimmie Meissner
Aerial view of Reading, PA ~ City Lights
And finally, this is the scene of Reading, PA I will always remember growing up as a child. We lived on a hill and I saw these beautiful lights which lit up the city every night. Always loved it!
"Rain is grace; rain is the sky descending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life." - John Updike