On June 6th I will fill my trunk, put the boys in the car and make my trek across the state for good. No more 750 mile round trips on the weekends. Nope. We will be done with our “commuter marriage” and it can’t come soon enough.
For those of you just joining the story
Rewind to July 2009: Hubs took a new job as a probation and parole officer, leaving a decent paying, although super risky job, as a police officer. Great, right? We had been talking about this since Dude was born in 2007. He put his 2 weeks’ notice in and we (and everyone around us) worked our butts off to get the house ready to sell so the boys and I could move, too. On July 16th Hubs made his first trek to Nevada, MO. The plan was for us to move to be with him by Christmas.
Yeah right! Life never follows my plans.
Long story short… Our house did not sell and at Christmas we rented it out. It was too late for me to quit my teaching job and find a new one 4.5 hrs away. So the boys and I moved in with my mom and Hubs and I continued driving back and forth every weekend to be a family. It has sucked. We miss each other desperately.
I am sooooo excited to move! This year has stretched on way too long.
I am also sad about the whole thing, too. There is a lot I am going to miss.
I will miss living up the street from my sister, brother, and parents. I am pretty lucky that we are all so close and now I feel like I am going to be missing out on everything. Never fear, though. I will introduce them to Skype and we all have cell phones so it’s not like I won’t ever communicate with them again. Plus, Hubs and I are now 2 hrs closer to the “lake house” than everyone else.
I will miss all of my friends. We have been back in St. Louis for 6 years and I have grown some really awesome relationships. I am not a great long distance relationship person so I am really afraid that I am going to lose those friendships and not be able to replace them.
I will miss having EVERYTHING within a 15 minute drive. In Nevada (the 1st A is a long a, by the way) it takes 15 minutes to drive from one end of the town. There’s a Super Walmart, two grocery stores, two hardware stores, two farm supply stores, a couple of furniture stores, 5 or 6 fast food chains, and some other small shops. There is NO Target and the nearest mall is almost an hour away. Both very sad for me. It is going to be a MAJOR adjustment. I am going to have to plan ahead. Going to Walmart will no longer be a novelty (I RARELY go there now)- it will be a necessity and I probably won’t like it as much as I do now.
I will miss a lot of little things, too. I am sure I will be able to add to this list daily once we finally move. One thing, though, that I know I am really going to miss is IMO’s pizza. For those of you that are non-St. Louisans IMO’s pizza has paper thin crust and has provel cheese. The closest IMO’s will be more than 2 hrs away and that makes me sad. Maybe, since I won’t be teaching next year, I should consider opening my own franchise in Nevada.
Have you ever moved far from the place you call home? What did you miss most? How did you deal with that?