What I Miss
Andy and I have lived in the Lone Star State for more than four years now. Besides being near my three grandchildren and their families, there's much to enjoy. Three seasons of relatively mild weather top the list. There's a thriving downtown and new development surrounding the city with great restaurants, shopping and other attractions. Dallas has museums, a beautiful arboretum, a zoo, several large performance venues and funky neighborhoods like Deep Ellum and Bishop Arts.
Even with all this at our doorstep, I sometimes find myself yearning for the City of Brotherly Love. We lived a total of 25 years in the suburbs and northern Delaware. The very center of Philadelphia is City Hall, Broad and Market Street meet. Its wedding-cake architecture is topped by a statue of William Penn. I often miss:
When you live somewhere for more than two decades, its easy to take these places (and many more) for granted, thinking you will always have time to visit. Then you don't. Some day, I'll return and play tourist for a few days, enjoying some of the things I should have done, but could never find the time to take in between working full-time and raising three kids. In the meantime, I'll continue exploring Dallas and all it has to offer.
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I'm Chris Barabasz, retired from a 35-year career managing communications for health care development (that's fundraising for you civilians). I'm a wife, mother, grandmother and freelance writer. My husband Andy and I moved from Delaware to Texas to be closer to our daughters and three adorable grandchildren.