That's according to the Guardian in their article Happiness is a place called Charlottesville, Virginia.
Charlottesville is magic and our 7-year residency was definitely filled with happiness. And now, despite the Guardian's prediction, we've moved to Missouri which, for us, is the western half of Virginia. Or Virginia is the eastern half of Missouri. There are so many connections.
I'm a native Virginian who grew up and attended Green Acres elementary school in Fairfax. This is what I looked like then.
Now when Kelly and I cross the rivers Ohio and Mississippi at the meeting of the two in Cairo, IL, we find ourselves in the Show-Me State ready for more happiness.
The first discovered happiness is the magnificent Big Spring, a Missouri state park and one of the largest natural springs in the world. According to the NPS National Scenic Riverways site: "There are three contenders for America's biggest spring including Big Spring, Idaho's Snake River Spring Complex and Florida's Silver Spring. Since the flow from springs varies with local rainfall, any of these three might be biggest on any given day depending on the weather in Missouri, Idaho and Florida! The truth is they are all about the same size."
As a Missourian, loyalty dictates that I declare Big Spring to be America's biggest spring. And I can say without bias (and without having seen the other two) that Big Spring is the most beautiful of them all.
Jefferson’s original headstone can be found on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia. And in honor of Mr. Jefferson, Missouri's capital city was named "City of Jefferson."
Yours in being home,