Thursday, August 11, 2005

Carolina Girl

I love where I live.

South Carolina is the most beautiful palce on earth.It has mountains about 30 minutes from where i live, It has lakes about 30 minutes from where I live, and it has beaches about 4 hours (a comfortable drive) from where I live. If I had a second choice of where to live- it would be Montana.

Due to all this paperwork Paulius and I have been dealing with- I have been having some really strange dreams lately.

Last night(this morning) I dreamed that, due to some unforseen circumstances, he had to go back to England. And of course, I went with him.
Of course I would miss my family dearlyif that actiually happened, but that's what air travel is for- right?
What suprised me most was the little things I began missing while I was over there.

Little things that I suppose I take for granted every day.

The smell of honeysuckle vines outside my door. Or the hope of getting a white Christmas(only happend twice since I have been born). Lay's potatoe chips. Or Doritos. Hearing beach music on the radio- or country music for that matter.

Paulius was right- they had the same things over there, but it just tasted and smelled different than what I was used to.

I don't think I fully appreciated or realized how much- or what- he gave up to come over here and be with me.
Grand adventureer? I would say YES!
At such an age- to give up everything familiar and move to a totally different country where almost the only really familiar and recognizable thing is the language you speak?

Wow.
Of course, there were things over there that made up for the things I missed(other than the family).

Things like:

NOT having to deal with the dang heat and humidity. That would be such a BLESSING, even tho Paulius has pointed out to me that I would be trading in the sunshine for clouds and rain 85% of the time. FINE by ME!! I don't get to sunbathe THAT much anyway(and I'm sure they have sunbeds over there too).

Being in a totally cool DIFFERENT place where the crime rate is low. (Of course, the little town I live in now isn't the hub of gangland, but it's really seen an increase in crime in the past ten years or so.)

The beautiful scenery.(Just different from ours)

Having a good chance of geting snow on Christmas- or at least SOMETIME during the winter months. Here we are LUCKY to get snow- we usually get horrible ice storms- no fun for ANYONE.

Being in a place where everyone has a cool accent even if I couldn't understand it for a while. Englishters- (totally made up word that I use to get my husbands goat when I'm teasing him)-seem to talk very fast in my opinion, but that's probally because I'm used to that slooow lA-zy southern drawl we-all use down heah e-un th' South.......

I suppose everywhere has it's good points and it's bad points- and I'm a cameleon- I can fit in anywhere and try and find a silver lining.

Sometimes I hit paydirt and find a platinum lining instead, tho.
And THAT would be Paulius.

3 comments:

Sunny said...

Sigh.........

Sorry about all the typos....AGAIN.

I really do need to start having my coffee and waking UP before doing this.

Invisible Lizard said...

I grew up in Aiken, so I know what you mean. I've been missing the honeysuckle since I moved away.

Pete said...

I have been around and around this planet more times than I can count. Some of the most beautiful places on Earth. (and some of the worst!) And you are right, it's all about who you're with! :)