We are happily home from being gone for a week. Wish I had some pictures to share...Gloria spent four days at the beach with her grandmother and her cousins. I, on the other hand, spent four days alone with my books and papers and pens so I could work on my thesis some more. It's never going to end!
One evening, I decided to go get a pizza for dinner from a very specific pizza place. And while I've noticed it over the years, I guess I noticed it more this time because I was alone...things have really changed down there. My drive from one town to the next made that oh so obvious.
There were new neighborhoods where there used to be orange groves.
There was a school in what used to be a cow pasture.
The villa...well, it's still the villa with some fresh paint and some fancy brick medians.
Our old pizza hangout? It's a personal injury law firm now.
And there's a tattoo parlor where a car dealership used to be.
The old movie theater is now a used car lot.
And the ABC store...is now a pawn shop.
I've always been able to get around where I needed to go, and could give directions based on landmarks. (I never learned many road names...just the really big ones!)
But all the landmarks have changed!
I don't think I could get anyone anywhere successfully any more!
Those are just a few things that stand out in my mind as I think about my time down there. What should I expect though??? I've been gone for 22 years! (How's that for a reality check?!?)
I do love it down there. It makes me yearn for those simpler days. I wish Gloria could have that life I had "back then." There are times I wish I was still living there. I really like where I am now (most of the time). It seems so much, I don't know, easier or more relaxed, down there. I know it's probably not and it's just because when I am down there now it is because I am on vacation. Here seems so fast paced and busy and frantic at times. Not necessarily US per se. Certainly we stay busy and enjoy ourselves. I'm talking more about, the general feeling, the atmosphere here compared to there.
Guess I'm just missing it a little more tonight now that we are home again.