Day 17 – List your highs & lows of this past year.
I’m A Tennessean Now!
What were my highs and lows this past year? This has been a transitional year for me with moving from Saint Petersburg Florida to Nashville Tennessee. The move has brought both highs and lows like the mountains and valleys in Tennessee.
The lows were leaving my home behind in Florida. Feeling homesick initially was difficult to deal with, but I knew the homesickness would fade as I established my new roots here in Nashville. Also, I missed my Pug, Puglet. He is such a cute dog, but he was very attached to my ex-husband and would have missed him if I took him with me. So I brought Guinness, my dog who is more attached to me and Cleo, my cat. Both have come to depend upon me and I admit that I depend upon them too for love and companionship.
Another low is that I miss my friends and my old church, Christ the Cornerstone. I had not been able to attend during my last six months in Saint Petersburg because my health had deteriorated so much and I could not drive myself. I needed to move with my daughter and her family because I am disabled and need help with daily activities. It was hard to give up my independence but necessary. I was very depressed when we first moved to Nashville, but most of it was related to my health change and becoming more dependent on my daughter.
The highs this last year are the move to Nashville. Although homesick in the beginning, I got into a routine as part of this larger, crazy household. I live in an in-law suite and still have my privacy but also have the benefit of living with my daughter, son-in-law, and two grandchildren, ages 3 and 6. It took some adjusting to the noise level of two small children, but I could always escape to my suite when I wanted too.
Now, I love it here. Nashville is my home and I am loved daily by everyone in my family. I’ve grown closer to my daughter, gotten to know my son-in-law and what a good husband and father he is, and love being with my 3-year-old grandson and my 6-year-old granddaughter so much. It is a blessing.
I wasn’t sure I would like to live with changing seasons again, but I really enjoy it. Of course, it is easier to love it when I don’t have to go out in the cold weather unless I want to with me retired. There are so many positive things happening in my life now that this could be a novel if I listed them all. I have grown stronger since moving and I drive again. I still need the electric carts when I shop, but I can drive myself there and go when I want to.
I am able to listen to my church’s radio broadcast on Sundays and still keep up with my friends on Facebook. I’ve made some new friends as well in Tennessee. Now that summer is here, I am babysitting my granddaughter while school is out and we both enjoy each other’s company. Also, Guiness and Cleo adjusted to the move rather quickly and seem happy. I am very happy as well in my new home state of Tennessee.
How about you? What have been your highs and lows this last year?