Monday, November 8, 2010

The Best Gift of All

I looked at my calendar today and realized that it has been 3 years since we made that adventurous, scary move halfway across the United States. I guess time does fly when you're having fun.

As I reminisced on the past 3 years I had an epitome. When I first thought about relocating, what I wanted was change. But I realized today that what I really wanted was change in a way of life for my kids.

I had lived in the same city for over 40 years. I knew what Mobile's limited offerings were. I knew about its negative, unenthusiastic vibe underneath the fake persona of southern hospitality. If you are content with going to church on Sundays and sitting around watching Blockbuster movies as your major form of entertainment than Mobile may be the place for you.

I guess I never even really took great notice to the area I grew up in until I had kids. When my son was small there wasn't the opportunity to make a major move. Aside from my thoughts and opinions of Mobile, he turned out extremely well...but sometimes I wonder how much of a fuller life he could have if he were somewhere else...somewhere like Austin, Texas.

The longer I live in Austin, the more I see the huge difference in the quality of life that is lead here. If you are a child that grows up in or near Austin, Texas consider yourself one lucky kid. The opportunities are limitless and easily attainable.

Although my son is still in Mobile, the door has and always will be open for him here. A place for him to call home. A place where he can expand his horizons..enjoy the outdoor activities that he loves and that are plentiful here in Central Texas.

I'll never go back from whence I came. This is my home now. My goal is to have my kids enjoy and utilize every aspect of my gift to them. I hope that one day they will look back and say..."Wow, I'm sure glad mom moved us all the way to Texas!"

For now, Ta Ta

1 comment:

  1. Happiness has no price, I know that for myself, where I live at the moment is like Mobile, nothing much to do, which is why I walk the beaches as I do. I have found that is the place I need the most, the silent inner place, being there helps me cope in the nothingness of Perth :)