It’s been 3 years since we moved to Maplewood, and I can say I finally feel like I’m home. Don’t get me wrong these past few years have been great, but there’s a major change when you make the move from the city to the suburbs.
I remember when we first moved people would tell me it takes 1-2 years to finally feel adjusted and okay with the decision to move. When I hit the 2 year mark I was starting to feel like that, but wasn’t fully there yet. I think for me the biggest change this past year was when the kids started school and the friends we’ve made.
The other day after Eleanor’s softball game as all the team mates were sitting on a bench eating ice cream, laughing and enjoying the evening a parent and friend turned to me and said “Aren’t you so glad you live in Maplewood?” and that’s when I realized I really am.
We moved to this town knowing a few people, but it’s hard to make new friends, especially as adults. This past New Year’s Eve is when I realized how lucky we are to have found some amazing friends for both the kids and us. For me it was the missing piece, and something that is growing constantly.
It’s small things like going to an event, rummage sale or just walking through town and running into people we know. Or knowing we have a support system to help with the kids or vice versa. These are the things that have made me realize we’re a part of this town.
Sure, the house will always be a project and something I’ll be sharing more about here, but home to me isn’t just 4 walls and a roof it’s a community and friends and I’m glad that I’m finally home.