Sunday, July 29, 2012

Good-bye Texas!

by Leann

I have been packing boxes for more than six months in anticipation of our move. Wexford helped along the way, Rosie was nervous and watched everything with worried eyes. When you read this, I will be in South Carolina with Rosie and Wexford starting on the next great adventure in my life. My husband drove me here and flew back to finish up the move--to dot the i's and cross the t's.

We moved to Texas from western New York many, many years ago. My son was six weeks old. My daughter was born in Houston. Many wonderful things happened here. I wrote 12 novels in our Texas home and too many short stories to count. I watched my children grow into amazing adults, go to college in Aggieland (and had one defect to the University of Texas for a couple years). The kids got married and moved far away. I have two granddaughters I hardly get to see. My friends, aside from my fantastic writer's group, left here long ago. The life of a writer is lonely, but mine has been especially so because invisible fatigue-causing illnesses have imprisoned me. 

In South Carolina, I will have friends right around the corner--friends we've had for more than thirty years. The air is free of chemicals, I will see the leaves change every year again, and I will write my books looking out on a beautiful lake (once we get our house built--next challenge!) And though sometimes there are soaking rains due to East coast hurricanes in South Carolina, we won't have tropical weather uprooting giant trees in our backyard. We won't have to race north up the freeway when there's a storm in the Gulf. I won't miss the big storms. Not one bit. But a part of my heart will always be in Texas. See, I leave behind my three wonderful cats--Indigo, Archie and Agatha--who are buried in the flower garden. I will always think of them when I think of Texas.

What about you? Have you faced major transitions in your life where conflicting emotions make you just a little crazy?

15 comments:

Books by Heather said...

Leann, I hope this move is the start of a wonderful new adventure! Congratulations!

Mary said...

Congratulations and welcome to South Carolina! Is that a picture of Lake Murray?

Lori Cimino said...

Wishing you much happiness and peace in your new home Leann. Look forward to all the books you will write while overlooking the lake.

Aimee Hix said...

I am so excited that the move has finally come to be. Hearing the steps as you've shared them along the way has invested me in your new life.

As for my own major transition that brings about conflicting emotions, well, that would have to be the Doll growing from a girl to a tween to a teen. *sigh* I am so proud and so sad at the same time.

Katreader said...

I too moved from WNY to Texas ,many years ago. I've been back in WNY (a slightly different bit) for 11 years now. I miss my Texas friends and the local SINC chapter-but I'm so glad to be back North. I love the changing seasons and I'm only an hour away from my parents.

Aurian said...

Wow that house in Texas sure is pretty! How long will it take to build the new house? And where are you staying for now?
I do wish you all the happiness in your new home!

Barbara said...

My mixed emotions move was back in the 80s when we sold the house in NJ we had spent 7 years totally remodeling and moved to a suburb of Chicago for my husband's job. IL is my home state and I still had family there so that was good, but I cried when we left the house we had worked so hard on.

Dru said...

Congratulations on your move east. Look forward to hearing about the building of your new home.

Madison Johns said...

Congrats on your move and good luck with future endeavorers.

Leann Sweeney said...

Aurian, we will be living in a rental house and I am hoping for no longer than a year. Thanks everyone for the good wishes. I am kind of brain dead today. I don't know which was worse during the two long travel days--dealing with the dog who had an adverse reaction to what supposed to be a "calming collar," or the husband who ignored the GPS directions about a dozen times. At least the dog finally went back to normal after I took the collar off. The husband? Well, he was already in his "normal" zone. :-)

Anonymous said...

we recently moved from our Massachusetts home of 43 years to Southern California to be near our daughter. The move was hard even though we had help packing. I left a part of me in Mass. It is taking time to reestablish here, but we are doing it.
Good luck in your new home.

Aurian said...

Lol if he ignores the GPS, why use it in the first place? Did the journey take longer, or was he right in being stubborn? I know the GPS send us the long way around yesterday when visiting my aunt and uncle.

Leann Sweeney said...

Aurian, why use the GPS? Good question--one I asked myself. Anonymous, I hope you are loving California, but that is a big transition. I am now only a day's drive from my daughter and s-i-l so I am happy about that. But I am now farther away from my son, his wife and my granddaughters in Seattle. Difficult. That will be a LONG plane ride!

Annette said...

Leann, I know you will find a wonderful new world in your new home. This is a new adventure which will provide a new sunrise for every new day.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Annette. The sunrise this morning was beautiful!