The question seemed simple enough.
“Why,” a lunch companion wanted to know recently, “did you come back to Floyd County after all these years?”
Like many teenagers longing for a life of adventure, getting our of Floyd County became an obsession. I even went to summer school so I could skip a year of high school, graduating early just to escape what I then saw as limiting opportunities in a Blue Ridge Mountain Community.
When I left the county in 1965, I never intended to come back. The world was out there, waiting to be explored and conquered. After four years in Roanoke as a writer and photographer for The Roanoke Times, I moved on to a newspaper in Illinois for 11 years. I traveled the country and the world, writing about people and photographing their lives.
A move to Washington in 1981 expanded the opportunities and allowed me to explore the seductive world of politics. Washington became home, so much so that I wrote about it in 1997, but being in closer proximity to Floyd County increased our visits back here and by the start of the new century, we had a farm in Carroll County and increasing interests here.
Opening Blue Ridge Creative in The Jacksonville Center earlier this year sealed the deal. Floyd County becomes a home we share with Arlington in the National Capital Region.
So how does it feel? I’m not sure yet.
The question is simple.
The answer is not.
This is Kristina Piluso Again… i know am living in Floyd county virginia again and raising twins. Skyler and Theodore… born in august, the Floyd atmosphere really inspired my pregnancy, and i now want to raise my kids there and i feel as if that is such a great idea because culture wise floyd county is such a beautiful place they will learn the real important things in life