We can’t be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don’t have something better.”
― C. JoyBell C
We have been living in our very small, but magical home on East Mountain since the spring of 2015. We have fallen in love with this town and the wonderful mix of people here. It is diverse, and open and accepting of all differences.
We live on a beautiful one track street with cut outs. The mountain woods run up on one side and drop steeply off on the other. If you meet another car, whoever is closest to a cut out must back up. That took me some time to get used to!
Room with a view, and room to breathe.
My office window view includes a beautiful forest filled with a variety of birds, chipmunks, foxes, Gilley, our groundhog, and of course, our deer family.
This spring we, along with most other birders, fed Grape Jelly to the migrating Baltimore Orioles. A first for me. The two grocery stores actually ran out of grape jelly. Yes, that’s right, only two grocery stores. Places where everyone knows your name. Places where everyone slows down to have a conversation. Slows down to live. Slows down to breathe. No one needs to hurry.
She remembered. What a difference she made to me.
Did we make the right decision? Some days I think so. Other days not so much. Do we miss our families? More than they can imagine.
I was feeling a little down the other day when I received a Facebook message from my oldest granddaughter. “I love and miss you Mimi. I love remembering all our sleepovers and bath time with all my food toys.” What a difference she made in my life that day. I thought to myself, she does remember.
Distance does not change love, or peace.
Our moving decision was not an easy one. We struggle with not being there for them. We fear being forgotten or even replaced. But distance does not change love. Six minutes or six hours away does not change that emotional bond. Our love for them remains stronger than ever.
We have put roots down in this magical town, and they run deep into the forests, mountains and climbing, curving, streets of this odd, wonderful place.
We have finally found our peace here. At last.
God’s peace to you all this day.