“Embrace the seasons and cycles of your life. There is magic in change.” Bronnie Ware
Twenty-three years ago today my husband and I met on a Sunday afternoon in church. We met and he immediately asked me to lunch. I accepted. And here we are, 23 years later. Now obviously in those 23 years a lot of life has happened. We have both undergone plenty of changes- mentally, physically and spiritually. At the time we met I was a single mom to my then seven year old son. I was going through a long, drawn out divorce and finding myself after a decade long abusive marriage. Larry had gone through his own divorce and relocated to South Florida to start anew. The years between when we met to now have resulted in two more children, buying a house, starting multiple businesses, changing numerous jobs, selling a house, one child leaving the nest, moving across state lines, losing parents and grandparents, having grandchildren and growing older. Two decades older. It is truly astounding to think of all of the changes that we experience during a lifetime.
Growing up in South Florida I never got to experience the change of seasons. As I got older I longed to live somewhere that I could experience something other than summer ten months out of the year. When my oldest son graduated high school I knew it was time for the move that I had thought about for years. I set out to figure out where I wanted to land to raise our two youngest children, who at the time were seven and four. After many months of visiting possible destinations we put our house on the market and narrowed in on Atlanta. When people would ask me “Why Atlanta?” I would explain my desire for a change after living in the same general area for 40 plus years of my life. Most people in this area didn’t get why ANYONE would move from South Florida to Atlanta, LOL.
Now I had no idea what awaited me here in Smyrna, Georgia, but I knew enough to follow my gut and trust the process. And now a whole decade later I KNOW that my instincts were correct.
“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.” Henry David Thoreau