Tuesday, November 24, 2020

The Time Had Come.

 

He had never spent much time with babies.
Now, he and his wife have 2 boys, age 2.5 and 1 years, and live 
in Chicago.


from our new balcony 
For twenty-seven years, our life in our old neighborhood was one of an almost solitary life.  Our neighbors had moved on, with new one replacing them, but there we stayed, strangers to others.

Twenty-seven years! That was the longest we have ever lived in one spot, and was clear at the twenty-eighth marker, it time for a change.

The move was long overdue, as boxes and unknown treasures of stuff lined the walls and rafters in our garage.  John’s library? Stacks of unread books were on the verge of cascading.



Close (2 min. drive) to our daughter's house.
 Clara, son-in-law Brian, and Lily
after Irish dancing competition




Twenty-seven years! 

Needing almost nothing of those dusty belongings was our surprising discovery.  Now, in our new house, in our 55+ community, we are finding ourselves involved in clubs and making friends.

Yes, it was definitely time.



The underlined words are from River.  She and several other bloggers have set up "Wednesday Words" for bloggers to use to liven up their writing.
 This is a re-post of a 2016 post.



27 comments:

  1. Sometimes it is time for a change.

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  2. Sometimes change is good, this move worked out to be a great change for you.

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  3. Smart move for you guys. We love living in a 55+ park. You get to know so many new friends and so much fun. Close to family is also good. Have fun.

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    1. Our gr-kids are a mile away, walk their dog past our house. We enjoy this time of our lives.

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  4. A true to life story. At one time in our area folks just never moves or left, maybe 5% did. Detroit, military etc. But now we are a moile society (with us some of the most mobile. LOL)
    I enjoyed the read. Youmade me think of the 100+ books stacked for me to read. OUCH
    Love it.
    Sherry & jack

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    1. Until the Vietnam war, the population of our area was stable. Community was still that of a small town. Then my generation left to work elsewhere.

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  5. Love the way you were able to adapt River's prompts to a truthful story.

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  6. That's a lovely way to use my words. Definitely time for a change when so much stuff is being unused and getting dusty.

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    1. When my parents moved from the farm to town, their own trove was way overloaded.

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  7. Sounds like a good move! I'm glad it worked out well for you.

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    1. I am so happy to see your name! It was a wise decision.

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  8. We are there now. Don't how we are going to do this, it's scary but we are jumping. A big move and retirement. Oiy Vay! Hope you have a fabulously safe holiday!

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    1. Call in the troops, if you have some. Our daughter's family were great.
      Hope your holiday is safe and delicious.

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  9. Hi Susan - clever in both respects; so pleased you've made the happy move ... and be there for your granddaughters as they start to fulfil their lives. All the best for Thanksgiving ... take care - the view looks wonderful - Hilary

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    1. The view is well designed, and we enjoy it, esp. when the sun is setting.

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  10. It sounds so nice and I hope you are happy there, if I read this correctly you've by now been there a while. Sometimes I wish I could live in a studio in an independent living place. But then, the dogs, I can't take them with me. Only small ones allowed.

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    1. It would be almost impossible to take Faith and Samson out of that environment!

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  11. It must be hard to adapt to a new home. I have always lived a close to nomadic life. I have lived here for almost 10 years now, an all-time record for me. I will probably stay here for the rest of my life.

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    1. We traveled around so much that we lived in 7 houses in 10 years. So, settling in for 27 years felt good.

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  12. Goes to show what a move can do. Lead you to a great spot.

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  13. We just made our Change to a Forever Home... downsizing along the way and still Editing and Purging possessions to reach that place of Just Enough, can be a long Process. We're still raising the last Grandchild so we can't do the complete Senior Living Thing just yet, but she's 15... and most of the other Grands, including her older Brother we Raised, are Adults now... so we're counting down to when The Man and I can hopefully Enjoy Real Retirement?

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!