Week 2 into Grayson and I was a self-proclaimed expert. Well, not really, but that is what I tried to convince the kids upon their arrival. New house, new community, new life and I wanted them to embrace it with me. It was an opportunity to start over, experience new things, and throw expectations into a drawer that needed not be opened unless you felt like it. I bought into being a Grasonite and was all in. THIS was our new life. This was where we were going to make our home, find community, and make friends. And it had to be intentional – it wasn’t going to just happen to us, we needed to make it happen. We weren’t walking away from our old lives and hometown; we were on a journey that needed to be embraced. I wanted us to be sea turtles.
Sea turtles are amazing creatures. As babies they race to the sea to begin their multi-year journeys to far away oceans and new adventures. And as amazing as that feat is, it is even more amazing what happens next. The babies, now adults, return home to the exact spot they were born to have their children. Nothing is lost on the sea turtle, nowhere is too far. They always remember where they came from and they always come home. Their inherent pull to home doesn’t inhibit their ability to immediately, as babies, tackle their next big adventure. We weren’t being unfaithful to our hometown; we would never forget who we were, where we came from, and home would always be there when here when we needed it. We just needed to start our next chapter. We needed to be sea turtles.
I don’t intend to migrate again anytime soon. I’m a homebody at heart – surrounding myself with friends that are like family, a community I can invest in and call my own, and providing my children with a safe, stable environment are inherently what is important to me. And I found all those things here, in Grayson, so I wanted to more formally introduce myself. I’m Jennie – mother, writer, former Rhode Islander and solidly sold Grasonite, and it’s very nice to meet you. Talk again soon…
Reader thought of the week….When was the last time you were intentional in your interactions? Are you making your life happen, or is life happening to you? What, if anything, might you start doing differently? If you want to share – tell us about it! email Jennie@graysonlocal.org
We had the really cool opportunity to be part of a sea turtle freedom release program when we were visiting Mexico, which is where we learned about the sea turtles amazing journey. The story stuck with me and really helped our transition here. These are a few of the pictures from that day… run baby sea turtle, run!
Tune in for April’s series, Grayson Friday Nights, kicking off next week!