I always thought I'd leave this place. As soon as I graduated, I was going to BOLT.....far and fast. I was going to pick the school that was a million miles away (and preferably close to the ocean). I was gonna be the worlds FIRST lawyer-doctor-veterinarian-professional race car driver. Yup, that was the plan, and all I had to do was follow it.
Know what happened? I met a boy....and this boy stole my heart. But wait, this boy was not going to a school far far away, he was staying here. Well shoot, I couldn't just leave him now could I? Of course not. I stayed put.
I went to class and worked part time. At least I didn't have to worry about bills. Thank you mommy and daddy! Know what happened next? My parents move away. Well, crapola. What was I supposed to do? Where would I live? I found a little place to rent but I couldn't quite afford it. Remember that boy I told you about? He paid half my rent for me....and no, he didn't live there.
School, school, work, work, day in, day out. It wasn't exactly the plan, but I was moving forward.... and this was acceptable. Know what happened next? That boy asked me to marry him. (Well, I technically asked him first, but he wanted to do that whole formal "down on one knee" thing. What? I wanted it, so I asked for it.) Seems like a logical next step. I accept.
We got married, worked full time, went to school, were completely broke and loved every minute of it. Know what happened next? I got the flu...............oh no, that's not the flu. I'm going to have this the rest of my life. And baby makes three! No more school. Gotta work full time.
So, alright, I took a few minutes to evaluate the situation.
- I am not at an awesome school......
- I am not eleventy million miles away.
- I am not even CLOSE to the ocean
- I can't afford to buy two ply toilet paper
- This boy completely owns me
- I can't see my toes.
Time to revise the plan.
- Get hubs through school
- Lose the baby weight
- Pay off debt
- Move to an awesome big city.
See how well I can adjust according to my surroundings? Impressive, right? This plan seems doable. I'm gonna go with it.
Moving on....I feel like I'm really dragging this out.
Fast forward 11 years. I managed to complete #1 on the revised plan, #2 and #3 are still a work on progress and #4? Meh, not really interested anymore.
I really dig our small little town. It's safe, it's clean, it's friendly and you can always find something to do. Case in point, tonight. The have a giant block party on the old town square the first Friday of every month. SO. MUCH. FUN.
Live music, games, craft booths, kids activities and just about anything you want to eat. The food part is my favorite. (Shocking, I know) Know why? Its all deep friend and served on a stick. Tasty AND convenient. I call that a win win.
Can anybody else hear the "Green Acres" theme song playing in the background? Heh, me too.
Oh! Did I mention they had a 5k fun run as well? My niece ran in it and she did phenomenal. She obviously gets her athletic abilities from me. Obviously.
We seriously had a blast tonight. We laughed, we talked, we walked and we watched. I hung out with my family and mingled with the town folk. And you know what? I wouldn't change it for the world.