Written word inspired by a Photo Challenge in the Daily Post
There was only one answer until age 51: New York City. I was a card carrying, non-driving boroughbred who only went beyond the boundaries of Manhattan for serious business like escorting my daughter to visit her future in-laws in Cape Cod, or an excursion to Coney Island or Atlantic City. I have a thing for boardwalks.
Then everything happened. My husband retired early due to illness – he’s doing quite well now. The rent on my Manhattan apartment of 31 years TRIPLED. My daughter Josie and her husband Chris insisted we come out to be with them in Cape Cod. Thank you Universe for the best kids ever.
Going from Manhattan, NY to Pocasset, MA which is a CDP (census designated place) with a population of 2,851 was a change.
In New York the view from my apartment window was the tarpaper roof of the building next door. But birds sang to us every morning from the fire escape railings, and the huge ivy plant atop my bookshelf grew as if it’s home were along the Amazon.
My husband and I thought we would live out lives there.
Then in just one day we went from uber urban to country folk.
The view from our bedroom window now is the backyard, so many trees, bushes, grass, wild flowers and wild life. Squirrels, chipmunks, ground hogs, raccoons, a tortoise, and bunnies call that space home. Visitors include coyotes, foxes, feral cats, opossum, wild turkeys, hawks, and even a vulture. And so many beautiful song birds, and even more bugs!
Everything everywhere is postcard scenic. The people are friendly. And the libraries are simply the best. But still – it took some getting used to on my part.
Fortunately I have a friend in Northern Jersey (minutes from NYC by car or bus) with a guest room and a generous nature. This gives me another living experience – suburban life. The homes are closer together. We’re in a town with a main drag you can walk in minutes. There’s stores, restaurants, and a bus system that takes you right into the city.
So where does Frances D belong?
Well, right now she’s moving between three different places, living three different lifestyles – Frances D belongs wherever she’s at!