From The Island to The Woodlands

When we left the island on Friday, it wasn’t a particularly lovely day.  No the winds were angry and the palms (I like palms) were whipping in those winds. 
But there were palms.  And just over those palms…there was an ocean with beautiful sandy beaches.  This was my home!  I ventured out often and I was comfortable and HAPPY!
But life throws us curve balls.  You learn to dodge and miss, or you swing batta batta swing!  We chose to swing.  We had to move.  We had to be a family.  We could make this work.  But we moved to this…
There are no palms here.  No indeed.  There are pines and oaky things (I don’t like pines or oaky things) and beyond these not so pretty trees…bright lights, big city.  I’m not a fan!  
Have I given this place a fair shot?  I absolutely have NOT.  I’m still in mourning.  Why?  Because just over these trees (let’s put aside the make and model of the foliage) there are no beaches.  There is no sand.  There are no shiny happy people! Nope…just bright lights, big city, and lots and lots of traffic.  
The furthest I’ve ventured out is Walmart (yes I’m aware you are not surprised) because it is less than 2 miles away.  But even at Walmart…nobody knows my name.  
I promise I’ll give this place, these Woodlands, a shot, but this will never be home to me.  Home is where my heart is and my heart lives here, but my happiness will always be found on the island.  My family agrees, so it’s all good.  I can share my feelings here.  
I’m afraid of this bright light, big city place.  I’ll acclimate, but I don’t think I’ll ever be “home” again until I can see my sandy beaches on a daily basis.  
Counting the days until we can reunite with the palms.  Stupid pine trees!  Don’t get me wrong…we’ll make the best of this.  The people are super nice and the area is great.  I’ll just never be a city slicker no matter how hard I try to hide out in “The Woodlands”.  I know what’s beyond those woods and I long for “The Island”.  
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Christy Gossett, managing editor of SoFabFood and creator of the healthy living blog, Insanity Is Not An Option, is a WAHM of 6 kids ranging in age from 27 to 8. She enjoys sharing her heart-healthy, low sodium recipes to help others with dietary restrictions enjoy a flavorful life while maintaining a healthy diet.

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  1. Ah sweety, sorry you are having a tough time with this…it will get better, I promise. I still dream about my palm trees, but the pain is not so bad. (((HUGS))) and ♥♥LOVE♥♥

  2. @MimiBakerMN says:

    Ugh, I totally get it. I moved from mountains, ocean, Puget Sound, Pike Place Market, etc to massive amounts of snow, bugs, humidity, flat land, and did I mention SNOW? UGH… I’m sorry Christy!! The mourning will take a while. There will always be a bit of home in our hearts!

  3. April Decheine says:

    I have the pines and Oaks, LOL would love to see palms! We finally moved onto a farm with 40 acres and only about three to five cars pass a day down the dirt road, I love it but still want water or ocean but land so I still think, think, think.. I hate going into “town or as my kids call the “city”. Tonight my sister literally begged me to come out to St Paul to the Bar Shamrocks and watch her boyfriends band. Umm it does not start until 9:00pm.. Don’t get me wrong, I can dance all night with the young-ens no problem but I am up North close to home. Plus I start early 🙂 But I am headed out to the big city tonight and I will dance and enjoy the long hour and a half ride home. Plus I may eat the hottest wings in 20 minutes and get a T Shirt out of the deal! Oh I am sorry did I make this comment about me? LOL You will get back to your Palms and white sandy beaches I know because it is what makes you who you are! ♥

  4. Jon LeMire says:

    Hey lady, glad you all are safe. The Woodlands is not a bad place. Believe me, having spent 13 years of my life in Texas, and traveling to Lake Charles, LA – passing through Houston….you’re in a good area. It’s not the beach, but all things happen for a reason. Your spirit is HUGE and that’s what we all love about you. We just need to keep you busy shopping at WMT, so that they will all get to know you. Try meeting the store manager and tell him you have LOTS of friends in Bentonville – that might score you a point or two….then again, it might get you thrown out =)

  5. clgossett says:

    LOL…probably get me thrown out! 😉 It really is a nice area, it’s just not “home” but we’ve got this!

  6. clgossett says:

    I love hearing about YOU! Have fun tonight! Let me know if you get the t-shirt.

  7. Melissa Rheinlander says:

    I definitely understand you are in mourning but again you are closer to me 🙂 I cannot help but be excited about that!! In time you will turn your surroundings into sparkly ones where everyone will know your name!!