“Kinfolk said “Jed move away from there”
Said “Californy is the place you ought to be”
So they loaded up the truck and moved to Beverly …
Hills, that is. Swimmin’ pools, movie stars.”
Dust doesn’t settle too long under the feet of MLB and MJ.
It was fourteen years ago that we packed up the two kids who were still at home, loaded a 26 ft U-Haul, and moved to the land of sunshine and opportunity – California. Our truck, if it would have had an open top, could have easily passed for the Beverly Hillbillies mobile.
And, I dare say, we were as star-struck as the Clampetts – that rag-tag family in the Beverly Hillbillies – when we were making the big move out here.
This wasn’t our first move. In fact, we’ve moved more times than most gypsies. In our 25+ years together, we’ve moved an average of once every two years, equating to 13 total moves.
In random order, here are some of the places we’ve lived:
Upper Oddington, England
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
Rome, New York
Oneida, New York
21st Century Adventure
As we embark on move #14, it’s a bittersweet time: Whenever we leave family, friends, and the places-within-the-places we’ve lived – restaurants, church, fun sites to see, etc. – we have mixed emotions.
But, while it’s very difficult to leave, MLB and I know that moving is our shot at the new frontier; without leaving earth’s gracious atmosphere.
We’re always chasing that rainbow’s end. Who knows, maybe this time we’ll find that pot of gold, and decide to stay put for a while!
I think Kermit the Frog said it best in that classic song: The Rainbow Connection.
I leave you with a few songs about movin’ down the highway:
California Dreaming – Mamas and the Papas
Hit the Road Jack – Ray Charles
Hotel California – Eagles
Slip Slidin’ Away – Simon & Garfunkel
On the Road Again – Willie Nelson
Time of your Life – Green Day
Have you moved a lot or had the fortune of staying in one place?