Monday, December 3, 2012


I told my husband I'm not going.

We don't really know where the military will send us yet (Desert Monitor wasn't very telling) but we do know it's either really close or pretty damn far.

I once was totally fine with pretty damn far but now I'm getting older and quite stubborn.  It also seems the older I get the harder it is for me to push our lives deep into the earth to make roots, water those twisty curls, prune them every so often when they threaten to strangle the mother tree, and nurture each underground vine long enough to see them evolve into a colony all their own. Its own life sustaining village.

I can't move my entire village.  My mom, step dad, uncle, and brothers (two of the four) live an hour or less away.  My childhood home (pictured above) is still within reach, my grandparents' final resting place is 15 minutes away.  Our children's friends, schools, dance studios, pediatricians, specialists, and favorite fishing holes are here. Target and Pho51 and SweetFrog will never live without me.  My network of mommy friends who have been my scaffolding, a beacon of wine and Triple Sec, the raison d'laugh and cry live here. 

So, I'm not going.  WE are not going.

Our roots have begun to spread, tendril out and dig down into the sticky, tacky, good dirt.  From where new things grow and thrive. 
Really damn far will just have to make an offer to some other family that wants great food, Cajun music, and sweltering heat. 

Cause this family is just fine planted here.


A Speckled Trout said...

I would die in New Orleans. I've always wanted to visit but the humidity would make my hair so big I'd probably tip over and hit my head on a levee (whatever that is).

Blythe said...

I would be more than happy to water the roots if you made it back here to PA!

Anna See said...

Here's hoping the powers that be read you blog so they can make a good decision to have you stay here!

OSMA said...

SpeckT, swear you always know how to make me spit out my tea. I don't know what the heck a levee is either. Just impressed you spelled it right :)

Blythe, what a nice thing to say, thank you. We would be happy if PA was on the list of possibilities this time around. It's just not :(

Anna, thank you. I doubt I am on their radar but you never know. Maybe wishes will come true and we'll get to stay, I'll get to bump into you at Michael's :) and we can be "town neighbors" some more. xoxoxo