A thread started on my mommies forum for all the folks who moved to our town rather than grew up here. I went ahead and posted, but thought I would post here.
I have to say I don’t miss MUCH about New Jersey. But there are certain things I miss.
As much as I like my church here, I do miss my church in NJ. I don’t have the same camaraderie here as I did there. And it’s not for lack of trying – after all, I’m in the church band, participate in a small group, hang out with other couples. It’s just not the same kinship that I had in NoNJ. Maybe part of it is because our next door neighbors in NJ went to the same church, so we had that constant connection, but I can’t help but think that I was more into church in NJ than I am here – which sounds strange since I’m actually more involved time-wise down here. It’s hard to explain.
I miss our old backyard. Yes, our lot in NJ was super-tiny (.16) but most of it was a nice flat backyard. Our current house has a bigger lot (.25) but a wide, short backyard with tons of landscaping and a downward slope at the back. It’s essentially unuseable as a place for my kids to play. Sure, the old backyard always had 1,000,000 leaves on it in the fall, as well as 2,000,000 acorns that my tireless husband would rake up, but there was room to run which I wish my kids could do now. If we ever have money, I plan on getting rid of all of the landscaping and putting down fresh sod. I’d much prefer grass to garden areas that I don’t know what to do with.
A good diner. I loved where we lived in NoNJ – there were at least a dozen diners within 10 minutes drive. I think if there were true diners in the area, Denis and I would take the kids out for lunch every Sunday after church. That was always fun – calling Ace and Anthony and having them meet us at Tick Tock. Of course, Ace/Anthony have now moved out to the boonies of western Jersey, so if we still lived in NoNJ we wouldn’t be doing that as much, but I still wish NC/SC had good diners like that.
And sometimes I miss snow – like when my kids watch a program on TV that has snow and they look at it in wonder because they don’t remember experiencing snow as infants and young toddlers. But I don’t miss the mess of snow – just the idea of snow.
That’s about it – other than that I’m completely happy to be here.
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