Friday, June 7, 2013

It's Not Goodbye - It's So Long For Now

The moving van rolled up, right as Tropical Storm Andrea rolled in.  Somehow it seems fitting that we will leave NC in the rains of a Tropical Storm.  We can set sails and the winds will blow us right out of town.  This isn't goodbye, it is so long for now.  We love NC way too much to leave forever.  We know everyone says, "oh we'll be back."  But we will, WE WILL!!!!  The pull of family, friends, and North Carolina BBQ is just too strong.  So, expect us to come knocking on your door asking to stay for a short (or long) visit soon. 

I thought I would share a few memories from the fourteen years the Tarheel state has been our home.  The list is endless, but I tried to keep it brief (not that I keep any of these posts all that brief).  Here they are in no particular order. 
  • The 2001 ice storm, no power for three days, grilling out with the neighbors in 20 degree weather.
  • Kenan Flagler business school study groups in the McColl building at all hours of the day and night
  • Tons of kids playing endlessly in the cul-de-sac for the past 12 years
  • UNC Nursing School team work on study guides
  • Cisco's outings at the John Avery Boys and Girls Club
  • 24 inches of snow the first winter we moved here, that never happened again
  • Bald Head Island, why didn't we visit you more
  • Beech Mountain and the most special family Forth of July celebrations
  • A street with some many kids the bus only makes two stops
  • Watching western Wake County change from the country to the suburbs and meeting a few of the original families who got rich selling their land as it did
  • Block parties with Elton Mills driving his tractor for the hayride
  • Ladies holiday teas
  • Guys poker nights (not that I attended, but I heard they were fun)
  • And enjoying all the southern hospitality and amazing people this area has to offer
That is life in the stroller lane.  

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