I've been feeling a little nostalgic today as I unpack boxes and try to reassemble my home.
I miss my neighbors. I really adored my Homestead Village neighbors. Do you think I will grow to love my neighbors here as much as I loved my neighbors in Metuchen?
I miss New Jersey weather. Everyone warned me that the weather was awful down here. I need to go buy mosquito repellent. And I just need to force myself outside. I love outside. One of our last evenings in New Jersey before the packing tumult sticks in my mind. Bardo had gone to bed early and I had promised Pippi a walk, so we walked to the Campbell School playground. We had fun playing on the equipment. The slide was by far the fastest slide I've ever been on, not including water slides. And, much to our delight we saw bunnies hopping in the baseball field. We almost got close enough to pet one of them. As the evening grew darker, we saw fireflies (or lightening bugs, as they say in New Jersey.) Pippi discovered that she could catch them. A lady saw her catching them and brought her a jar so she could take some home.
I miss Pippi being able to play with her friends every day. I can't wait for her to make friends here. She will love it here so much more with friends to play with.
I miss being within walking distance of the public library, post office, train station, drug store, and dry cleaner.
But I love my house, everything about it. And I'm excited to be here and to make more friends, it's just that I forgot how much emotional strength moving entails.