It’s uncanny how lives can be so similar at times. Two people who live in two different states, going through so many of the same things. My daughter and I both just moved to new houses and new lives in new towns.
My daughter Jill just graduated from Wayne State College in May. She and her husband (they just got married last June) picked up and moved to Cambridge, Nebraska. Cambridge is a small town in western Nebraska with a population of about 1000 people. Jill’s husband, Dexter, took an Industrial Tech teaching position there at the high school. Jill, an Elementary Ed teacher, will be substituting this year while waiting for an anticipated opening next year in the same school system. They just got done moving and unpacking into a cute rental house in town, and are meeting new neighbors and friends as they discover their new surroundings. Jill is also writing a blog about her moving experiences and trials and tribulations of beginning a new life chapter (like mother, like daughter). Here is the link to her blog: http://improvisethislife.wordpress.com/.
And of course I just moved to Atlantic last September and started blogging my journey through it. And just a few weeks ago, Mark and I bought a new house here. We decided that to truly begin this life together as a couple we should make a fresh start and leave the past in the past. We are making this new house ours and I love it! So… the past several weeks have been spent packing, moving and now unpacking just like Jill and Dex. No wonder I haven’t written a blog post in over a month! A big shout out to the young men who helped us actually move our stuff from one house to another. Mark lined up about 6 college-aged guys to do the heavy lifting and they worked hard all day. We are so grateful for their strong backs and hard work! It’s still a transition and we will be unpacking for the next several weeks I’m sure, but when I get stressed I just look at the view from our deck and it calms me.
Jill and I also compare some of the small town-isms and new couple-isms that we both notice. Dexter is also from a small town, like Mark. We both notice that the men need ‘meat’ in all of their meals. Jill and I would be completely content to eat mac and cheese for lunch and call it a meal, but both Dex and Mark would want ham, sausage or at least a hot dog with it! And Jill was surprised that the grocery store in Cambridge said she could put items ‘on credit’ and pay them off later. That is unheard of in the big cities we are used to! Mark does the same thing here at the local hardware store. Crazy to us city girls and wonderful at the same time! 🙂
It’s fun to have someone going through the adjustment of small town life at the same time so we can compare notes and giggle about it together. It’s great to know that my daughter understands my life changes and adventures as much as I understand hers. It’s good we have each other.