My mom and I were born in Ohio. My Mom hated the weather and how people reacted to others around them. If you live in the North, you know how fast paced life is there. You also know that in MANY cases, people do not even know who their neighbors are, let alone life stories.
My mom moved to Florida with her Mom, and fell in love with it. She always dreamed of moving back south. When she got her divorce from her second husband, her life’s regret, she decided to move to SC. Unfortunately, the way in which she did it cost us both drastically in our life. That’s what she refers to in when it comes to the ‘”mistakes that were made.”
However, over the course of time and with God’s grace a lot of healing took place. The people around us became like family. I will never be able to express my gratitude to her neighbors that helped her so much over the course of her final years!!!!
Ironically, I moved back to Ohio when I was 20 years old, and longed to come back to SC too. However, I would have stayed in Ohio until my first born was 18 years old. However, God had a different plan in mind for me. I ended up back in SC, in 2005. I have to admit life is totally different in the South.
I had forgotten how nice total strangers are to you down here. I didn’t get looked at or even snubbed for talking to someone I didn’t know from cat’s Adam. I got treated with love and respect from everyone around me. I also got to enjoy the great outdoors a WHOLE HECK OF A LOT MORE!!! Life was/is way better down here in the South.
My mom’s dream was to one day own a home down here and set roots for her and I. She bought the house in the picture by herself (as a single mother.) She turned what looked like a shack when I first laid eyes on it into a wonderful looking place. I was proud to be raised there. Currently it is on the market mainly because it to small for us, and also because my husband has made where we live a home for us. He continues to do more everyday to our place, and to be honest, despite all of the family drama, I wouldn’t trade living this close to my in-laws.
However, with God’s help anything is possible!! My mom made her dreams a reality, and she wrote the poem based on that dream that turned into her reality.