We have lived in our home for 25 years. We raised our children and had our grandchildren during our daughter’s deployment in 2008. Our neighborhood is unique with 95 homes. We would decorate our homes for Christmas and the neighborhood would win awards by the City of Placentia. At Halloween we would have between 150- 300 children trick or treating. When our kids were young they would dress up and decorate our home as a haunted house. This drew large number of children so my husband and I decided we would sit in our driveway and pass out candy. Many neighbors did the same thing. The police would patrol through our neighborhood, not because of any problems but because of the crowds. Everyone had a good time.
People say our neighborhood is like how it is in the Midwest. Everyone knowing each other and helping one another, no matter who needed help. It’s been a great place to live,we formed wonderful friendships, and a fun place to raise our children. But the home is too large now for just the two of us now. We decided to downsize, it was a hard decision for me. But I knew I needed a place where we could take off more easily.
It was one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make. I was so connected to our home because our children and especially having our granddaughters who lived with us. I was so attached to all the old memories and I had to let that go and learn to be open to change.
To make this change a positive on we decided to pick a place different from where we lived.
We have chosen to move to Huntington Beach.To live one mile from the water and change up our life. We lived in Huntington Beach over 30 years ago when our children were small and now we coming full circle. My granddaughters are very excited that we will be living at the beach and our family is too.
We have to make the change and yeah it’s painful at times, the feeling of the unknown, and letting go of things I felt attached to, but I have to do it. And there is a side of me that is so excited to have a new adventure in my life. My granddaughter’s can’t wait to come visit us and play at the beach. They told me they will miss their old friends in our old neighborhood and my neighbors in Placentia, but they can’t wait to come visit us. I told them they could invite their friends to come over to our home when they came in town to visit us. They really liked that idea…
Change is good, hard at times to accept, but in the long run you must be open to change. One guarantee in life, life is about change. What I have learned is that my friends will still be my friends no matter where I live. To accept my new life, and I will now have the flexibility to go visit my granddaughters when ever I am needed. This is a good thing.