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Farewell NYC, Howdy Texas

Sometimes there’s so much to say that words will only mess it all up. But you know I’ll give it a go anyway.

I wish I could tell you that there was little heartache involved with our decision to move across the country (my husband certainly would!). Today Adam looked at me from the pullout sofa in our tiny, temporary Brooklyn apartment and said, “how many minute20140623_201619s until we go back to our home?” I paused, and said “well, we’ll be in our home in a few more sleeps, after we get to Texas.” He said,”No, I mean how many minutes until we go in our old home?” I said, very carefully to my most tempestuous child, “We aren’t going back, we’re going to living in Texas now.” He replied, “Until we go back to New York.” “We are not going back to New York.” The words struck me then. My God, we were leaving New York, probably for good, in just a matter of hours.

When we were first moving here, James’s first grade teacher (who shall remain nameless to save her from embarrassment) informed us that NYC schools would eat James alive. Today, on James’s last day as a NYC student, I was struck by how he didn’t seem to be even half-chewed. 20140624_160028

With the exception of James, who was born upstate, my children were born here, and they’re all little New Yorkers through and through. All of them can fall asleep anywhere, through anything – subways and fire trucks clattering by, large crowds in Midtown, amusement park rides and noises at Coney Island. Adam has even famously fallen asleep mid-ride while the other children screamed around him. Margaret and James know how to hail a cab, and the kids all know that everything, whether it be groceries, diapers, toys or laundry service, comes in a box after a few clicks online. Usually within 24 hours. Fruit can be found on most street corners. So can hot dogs, umbrellas, water, Duane Reades and of course, Starbucks (good for both coffee and bathrooms).

And though we’ve only been here for 6 years, I feel very much like a New Yorker too. My husband and I have been fairly transient in our last decade together and before that as well, moving often for jobs or various degrees. Between us, we moved every year or two until we got here, so 6 years seems like an extra long time. Certainly it was long enough for NYC to seep into every part of my being, shape my children’s lives, and enough time to meet incredible people, try incredible foods, places and events, and create traditions that revolve around this wonderful, one-of-a-kind city.

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I will miss those special friends, teachers, places, events, traditions.

Even the subway was a source of entertainment.

Even the subway was a source of entertainment.

And a great place to recharge.

And a great place to recharge.

There were highs,

There were highs,

and lows.

and lows.

But as our family grows (and grows), the space will be nice.

But as our family grows (and grows), the space will be nice.

Our little backyard has been useful,

Our little backyard has been useful,

but it's hard to argue that this one won't be a step up.

but it’s hard to argue that this one won’t be a step up.

And all of the planning and packing has been hard.

And all of the planning and packing has been hard.

Most of all, it's time to be a family again, and who can argue with that?

So, New York, I love you and will miss you terribly, but now it’s on to new adventures, people and real live grocery stores.

 

Most of all, it's time to be a family again, and who can argue with that?

Most of all, it’s time to be a family again, and who can argue with that?

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  1. Laura
    June 26, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Being a native New Yorker, I agree, there is no other place like it. Precious time spent here, precious memories created. Thank you for sharing the beautiful photos that capture so many of these memories.You are a wonderful family, who will be adored and appreciated by all the people you have yet to meet. After all the moves our family made over the years, I can honestly say that I loved everywhere we lived, and embraced each of the many fascinating people we met along the way. I am confident that you all will do the same. Sending my love and prayers with each of you and see you soon! Love Grandma Laura : )

  2. Jaime
    June 26, 2014 at 8:22 am

    You will all be missed so much!!

    • June 26, 2014 at 8:27 am

      Start planning that girls’ trip down!

  3. Lisa Figueroa
    June 26, 2014 at 7:47 am

    I’m already heartbroken that James isn’t going to be with us today or next year. However, as I told him….EVERYTHING is bigger in Texas and y’all are gonna love the wide open spaces, amazing eclectic music, and being together. It has been my very great pleasure and blessing getting to know your family. And so although I have tears in my eyes I will not say goodbye. I’ll just say we’ll write and bid you a howdy until we see each other again. And James, YES I LOVE YOU TOO : )

    • June 26, 2014 at 7:54 am

      We will never forget what a wonderful teacher and mentor you have been to James the last couple of years, and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for everything you have done to make middle school enjoyable for him. We look forward to updating you and sharing James’s new experiences over the next year!

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