We have moved 10 times in 12 years and two of the moves were within the last 2 years. So, I have had some experience with moving and want to tell you the saddest part of moving. You would think it would be leaving your house, starting over, missing the old places, but for me it was:
Not knowing anybody at the store.
You know, when you have lived in a place for six years, going to the store is like a friend reunion. There wasn't a time when I didn't run into a friend at the store and before you know it, we have been chatting too long and the kids have put extra cookies in the cart and are racing through aisles. I even ran into two families I knew while I was at the store in Las Vegas, after not living there for two and a half years. Well, when you are new to town, the grocery store visit is much quicker. It's just the weirdest feeling to know you won't be running into anybody that you know.
The other day, the kids and I were at the grocery store and I looked over and saw a lady, Nancy, from church and I was so excited! It was so fun to walk by and tap her on the shoulder and say "Hi!" while she ordered from the deli. We aren't best buds by any means, but we have chatted and know each other's families. It was just comforting to know a person! Then we headed out to the car and I hear, "How was your trip?" and it was another woman from church, Emily. We talked for a minute, while she sat in her car, about summer trips and whatnot.
As I got into the car, I started to feel at home in Iowa. I loved, loved our first little town in Iowa, Leclaire, the sweetest river town. I had no problem feeling at home there. The move to our second town was fine, but it wasn't as quaint, as slow as I had gotten used to. A pace that I really acclimated to. But getting to know and love people in whichever place you live, will make the place feel like home. Whether you have family there or not, whether you are single, married, empty nesters or a new mom. Reaching out to others, making an effort and getting to know people will make any town home.
Sunset in our town in Iowa
PS. I just remembered that I ran into another lady, Camille, at the store a few months ago and I scared the chicken salad (Mo Willems reference) out of her. That was pretty rewarding as well.