Moving away does not mean moving on

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West Hartford, CT will always have a special place in my heart. Leaving this town and the community that lives within is way harder than I ever imagined.  The Neal family will be moving back to North Carolina this summer. We will be closer to our family and we will have friends near us that we have known for the majority of our lives; but it’s a bittersweet move for me.

West Hartford, CT has become a part of me. Two of our children are nutmeggers (they were born in Connecticut) so how could I not have a certain attachment? As a family, we have created so many memories in the past 5 years. Picking fruit and visiting the animals at local Farms, walks to Blue Back Square, Essex Santa train and Elizabeth Park concert series. Our fun road trips to Boston, NYC and Vermont will no longer be a day trip.  My list goes on and my Facebook photo albums have the pictures to prove that!
In the past 5 years I have met genuinely nice people who became fast friends. Friends who have been more than supportive and loving to my family and me. Friends who were up for spontaneous play dates with the kids. Friends who brought us dinner after I had our babies and had little time to think about cooking. Friends to go out with for mom’s night out or to celebrate a birthday. Friends who showed up with wine or coffee when I needed it. Friends that brought me Gatorade and soup when my kids had the stomach bug. I will miss these thoughtful ladies as I begin the next chapter of my life.

I do look forward to the next chapter of my life. I can’t wait to be back with friends and family. BUT I will have a special bookmark in this last chapter. The past 5 years have been good to me. Living in West Hartford helped me grow into a better person. It helped me see things in a different light. And most importantly, helped me learn about myself. I will always look back at this time and smile. I will always remember how this community made me happy despite the ungodly amount of snow that falls in the winter. Moving away from Connecticut does not mean I am moving on. I will embrace what I learned and cherish the memories.  Those will always stay with me.

Walking home from Blue Back Square
Walking home from Blue Back Square
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