Friday, February 23, 2007

Why I stay

Diane's post this morning got me to thinking about why I live here in Phoenix and I thought I would go ahead and post my comment here for you all.

I miss San Francisco and Berkeley so much - for all the same reasons she listed. I lived there for 14 years before moving back to Phoenix.

There's only one reason I stay here instead of moving back. Only one reason, but it's a big one. I hate the climate, the traffic, the desert, actually everything about the place.

Ok, maybe there's two reasons to stay.

The first is the best one and it keeps me here when I long to get away to anywhere but here - and that's family. I have 3 sisters, my son, 7 nieces and nephews, two grandchildren & 2 cousins that all live here.

No one is more than 20 minutes away. And we do things together, we love each other and are close knit. When I lived in California, I didn't know how that would feel to be so close to them - I cut myself off from them and I didn't know that'w what was missing until I moved here and found it.

The second one is my little guild. I've become good friends with some amazing women and we feed each others fiber addiction.

So I stay. It's a trade off that's worth it.

What trade offs do you make and is it worth it?


Holly said...

Those are great reasons to stay. We moved back for work about 5 years ago. We loved being closer to family in Idaho but there just wasn't a job there for dh. I have to admit that I've been bitten by the desert bug though and I'm really liking it here. I don't mind the heat as much as I did the freezing cold and I love enjoying palm tree weather without hurricanes, tornadoes or earthquakes. I'm with you on traffic though - with so many moving here all the time the traffic is a big mess.

Holly's Corner

Rosey said...

Ah well, move on down to Tucson and you can have the warm weather without the traffic and not quite so hot as Phoenix. I lived in the Midwest for 50 years and don't miss the cold and snow at all. Hubby is shopping jobs in Chicago today. brrrrr. :(

The Yarn Ho said...

And we absolutely love having you as part of our Yarn Yankers group! Most importantly, as part of the family! I'm so lucky to have you as a friend, you're an amazing and gifted woman!

Anonymous said...


This one made me cry, you know how hard that is to do. We love having you here and I thoroughly enjoy our conversations almost every morning!!!! Miss them when you are away.

Love you,