When did you realize that mainland life wasn't for you and you wanted to come back to the island?Does "as soon as I left" count? I knew right away that New Jersey was not the place where I wanted to put down roots. While I was there, I had to adjust to people thinking I was crazy when I said "good morning" to them. I like that when I'm on St. Croix I can start conversations with strangers in line at the bank. When I see someone at the store, I can stop to ask how their family is doing. I like that if someone needs help, the community comes together. I remember when my dog ran away last summer. I sent an e-mail asking friends and neighbors to keep an eye out for him. I got tons of e-mails from people feeling my pain and anxiety. We did find him, too, because of the community's involvement. Sure, things can be hard sometimes, but there's just a way of life down here that I appreciate. Also, I cannot stand a day colder than 75 degrees.