...don't you want to come to?" --That's me belting out the lyrics of my favorite song by The Judd's. Yes, as a young child I dreamed of being a singing duo with big hair and big voices. I sang the lead, Mom would harmonize. In fact, I may've even watched this performance on TV:
But now I'm singing this song for different reasons. I'm singing it because my husband said it to me.
"Don't you want to come? Don't you want to ride? Don't you want to be there by my side? Hand in hand, holding on to the sweet salvation that's awaiting for me and yooooooou."
And so I'm going--going to the biggest oil field in the country, the Bakken. I'm going to join thousands of other transplants looking for a way to improve their lives and careers. More and more people are hearing the story of North Dakota's booming prosperity. More and more are packing their boxes and hittin' the road. More and more news agencies are paying attention.
This piece done by MSNBC excites me. The stories of prosperity and growth in an area of our state that was written off as dyeing only a short time ago. Before the boom there was little opportunity, few jobs and less people. Eastern North Dakota--where I grew up--was where all the action was. We had the population, we had the jobs, we had the growth.
Times have changed. See for yourself in the video below.
"I know where I'm going."