Once upon a time I was quite cosmopolitan and lived in a beautiful, big city. I had a business career and dressed in suits, carried a briefcase, and wore high heeled pumps. I worked with some major movers and shakers. It was exciting!
The city was (and still is) gorgeous, with loads of cultural events to attend. I loved living by the lake with all the excitement a big city offers.
I first left my beloved city to live abroad for two years in Japan, as an Assistant English Teacher (AJET). Talk about cultural immersion and fascinating scenery! It was a grand adventure. That experience led to my leaving the big city permanently, returning to my roots in Michigan to become a teacher.
While studying to become a state certified teacher, I met THE man who would become my husband. Now, I live in the country on many acres of land, in an old house, needing many replacements and repairs. And critters. And weeds. And spiders. And bugs that like to bite me!
That’s when I started hearing the theme song from the TV show, Green Acres in my mind. Loudly…
You know, the show where a glamorous city diva meets the man of her dreams and he decides to become a farmer and live in the country. Gotta love Zsa Zsa Gabor in that role as she intones “Dahling, I love ya, but give me Park Avenue!”
And so, here I am living the Green Acres life. I miss some things about my beloved big city, like the lake and plays, music and museums, restaurants, and sidewalks. But I sure don’t miss the traffic, noise and lack of privacy in high-rise land.
It’s been some years now in the country and I have adjusted. My husband is a fabulous gardener and he grows beautiful flowers and veggies from seed. We’ve planted many trees in the past 15 years as well, so our ‘estate’ is quite beautiful. (OK, truth be told, I helped and he did the heavy digging).
I still visit my favorite city at least once a year. That’s about the only way I can get anyone to eat sushi with me! 🙂
I fondly remember my life before Green Acres. But, today, I wouldn’t change a thing!
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BIG thanks to my mentor and sister, Pegoleg, who got me started on this thing called blogging. She’s in a field all by herself (not literally, c’mon), she’s so talented and witty.
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