my whole life, i’ve connected moving from city to city and moving forward in life. that’s how i was raised. because we moved around so much, my mom helped us think of it as an adventure. new house, new friends, new schools – everything new! moving was never a sad thing. sure, maybe there were some tears saying goodbye to friends + family but then the open road is ahead of you.
the other thing my parents did growing up, was teach us that our new city became “the city” to be in. whether it really was (Chicago) or not (Flint), my parents always took pride in where they were. after all, it’s where we were – so it had to be great, right? when guests came to visit us, my parents knew the best route to our house (not past any bad areas, just the nice parts), the best restaurants, the neatest shops and we were always happy to be there. i’m glad that is how i was raised rather than a bah-humbug sort of mover. and it’s how i looked at where we live now, in Birmingham, michigan.
as much as i’ve “moved forward” from Cincinnati to Dayton to Cleveland to Boston to Grand Blanc to Brookfield to Naperville to Chicago to Dallas then to Birmingham... i’ve never moved back. i’ve always moved on.
and it’s such an awesome feeling.
as i grow older, thoughts start to creep in that maybe we weren’t moving forward but just moving around. nah, i push that thought out of my head. after all, i wouldn’t have this outgoing personality if i wasn’t forced to put myself out there growing up – going to three high schools in three cities- in the land of judgement (you know, junior high angst and high school peer pressure) and that’s the truth. but when you’re over that middle age hump (read: 40) you start to think – wait…i want people that know me around me and i want to have a history with them.
so back to texas we go. obviously for more reasons than these but we’re so thrilled. we missed you texas, with your crazy storms, wide open spaces, friendly people and most of all we miss all the people that missed us and stayed in such good touch over the past two years. we’re hoping to pick up right where we left off.
oh, and i get to decorate another house. yay!