Since I have moved to Turkey, each year I have returned to the U.S. for the summer. This year was no different, through it seemed to go by very quickly. When I go home things are usually really busy. I try to visit as many friends and family members as possible, as many times as possible. This summer I was also able to attend two great friends’ wedding receptions.
This year was especially busy as we relocated. I knew when my father died, it would make sense for my mother to downsize sooner rather than later. The home I grew up in is amazingly beautiful, built in 1880, set deep in the country, with many acres of lawn and gardens and flower beds. However, it is a large property to maintain for a single woman.
The new house she found is great. Big enough for our family, but small enough for her needs. There is space for Elliot when he visits and for me to maintain migration pattern from Turkey. It also is 20 minutes closer to the city, and she is practically neighbors with several of her friends. And wonders of wonders, she is now a FIVE minute drive to a town where there is a grocery store, liquor store and several small restaurants!
The new place, dubbed “The River House” , is adorable. Lest you think we are leaving we are leaving the idyllic country for suburbia…there is enough country there to make the transition easy. Behind the house there is a field of wildflowers and waterfront on a river. It does not quite compare to the view off the porch of the big house…but little would.
Considering that we moved from a five bedroom Victorian to a two bedroom house the move went surprisingly well. Between maintaining the yard at the new house, sprucing up the yard at at the old house, the move, two wedding and many visits with family and friends, the summer went by very quickly!
Last week I completed my migration cycle and returned to Turkey. I flew in on a Wednesday and the very next day drove down to Marmaris with my father-in-law. I have about a week left at the summer house, with very limited internet access. I am using the time to rest and rejuvenate before the school year starts again. I plan on resuming regular posting once I no longer need to use my cell phone as a portable hot spot.
School is starting soon or has start already for many. As a teacher, for me the start of the new year is not January, but rather September. New year, new students, and life goes on. Enjoy what is left of summer!