Well, I made the announcement this morning during worship services, so I think its only right to make it here also. Come next July or August, I will be a Windhamite no longer. Its time to move back home and take care of things around the farm. This is a move that I’ve been considering since my Dad passed away in late 2004.
I’ve never really explained the feelings that I have attached to the farm down in Holmes County. Most folks know I grew up in Walnut Creek surrounded by the largest settlement of Amish in the world. It has been an endless conversation starter time and time again. You’ll remember how torn I was when it came to the Bombers game against my alma mater Hiland Hawks in basketball last year. The farm that my family owns is on the other side of the county. My grandparents lived there for years, Dad and Mom moved in a few years before discovering Dad’s cancer, and I hope to live there for a good long while. It was a place that I spent weeks of each summer as a kid playing, scouting in the woods, swimming in the pond, building dams in the creek, and so many other things that could possibly get me in trouble if Grandpa was still around. He never did find half of his tools thanks to my cousin and I.
There’s so much more involved in the move that I’m at a loss to really explain it. I’ve come back into contact with two people that I really care about, but haven’t talked to in years. That was just very weird and unexpected, but I’m really happy that it did. They remind me of home. Mom has been talking about us moving down for over a year. My sister has been pestering me off and on. Its something that I’ve always wanted.
So I think now is the time.
There’s a lot to button up before I leave. The kids need to finish the school year, I don’t like the thought of pulling them out in the middle of their studies. Plus, I’m going to have to get used to sending them to a school in the West Holmes School District. Sorry Brandy and April, that’s just never going to be quite right. Ugh…Knights. There are a few things at church that I’d like to finish, but I have little control over a lot of things. I’d love to stick around here until the next election cycle in 2008, I think its going to be very interesting. Don’t worry though, if anything strikes my fancy in the next few months, I’ll say something. We do have a tax issue to be voting upon.
Overall, I just want to say that I’ve enjoyed living here. Windham is in no way an idyllic town or anything, but the people here are real, and many truly care for the overall well-being of people, even though we don’t always agree what that well-being specifically is. I’ll…kinda…sorta…miss it ‘round here.
But its still at least 8–9 months away.
If anyone ever wants to contact me directly, my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 330–984–3053. Whoohoo! Spam! Whee!