As a little girl growing up in The City of Brotherly Love, I remember being content with my surroundings. Brick buildings, cement yards, fire hydrant water play. I mean, I knew there were such things as open fields of grass and birds chirping sweetly in the morning sunrise. But those existed in the books I read that would take my imagination to new places. Or on the TV screen where the privileged families lived cheerfully. The city was my world and it was all I knew. That was until my father decided to take us on a trip.
We went camping. In the woods. Wild animals surrounded us. Leaves rustled and crickets chirped as we listened to a different sound of night from within our tents. It was surreal. But it was amazing. Never would I have imagined our lives would be forever changed from that point on. After our first trip, we wanted more. So Daddy did his best to make it happen. It would be on weekends as our getaway from the concrete jungle. Hah. From jungle to jungle. Get it? 😉
Anyway, eventually Daddy bought a trailer and we spent a whole summer in our new safe haven. We hiked. We swam. We sang songs and roasted marshmallows around the campfire. By the end of summer, I remember my parents decision to make a move. Daddy searched anywhere and everywhere for a home that would be fitting for all 6 of us. We left everything behind. This was a new start.
Today, I live even further out in a more rural area with my blended family of 7. Amish ride by in their horse and buggy on a regular basis and the smell of mulch on a summer day is the norm. This is my children’s world, and like myself as a little girl in the city, they know no different. This is their safe haven.
I share all this to say, opportunity is everything. Had my father and mother not taken the opportunity to get our family out of the city, who knows what the outcome would have been. I’m not saying it’s bad to be in the city. I love where I’m from and take pride in being a country lovin’ city girl. 😉 I enjoy visiting all my family that still live there and reminiscing on my childhood memories.
It’s just amazing how opportunity opened up so much more possibility for our family, then and even now as I have a family of my own.