Do you remember scenes like this from your childhood?
I will always remember the sense of forlorn desolation when my friends moved away. They were off to colourful exotic places with lives of adventure ahead of them... and I was stuck here in boring old Alberta where nothing ever happens. I wished I could sail away from here with them.
As I got older I became rooted here, for some reason. I'd seen friends and family uproot themselves and move clear across the nation to pursue jobs and careers... but for some reason we always stayed planted here. Moving away might be good for one of us, financially, but not for both. Selling one house and buying another never seemed to be something that would work in our financial favour, and all our families were here. Moving never seemed to make sense. Besides, I'd seen people sell their souls and move everything to grease the wheels of their careers and for many it just didn't work out. My wife's family is from the Maritimes and their hearts and souls were always back there. They got stuck out here when their kids established themselves here... and though they had the big house, the three car garage and a comfortable retirement ahead of them - they missed their family and roots back east. They were and are far from home. And - when you spend that much time away... you can never spiritually go home again. The people and times change, and the world moves on.
Today we are doing well enough for ourselves. Sure, we live in a modest home... but it's paid for, as are the vehicles and other debts that a family accrues and pays off over the years. We are not rich, but we're free - and thank God for that. But... with the family in shambles, and we have no further ties here... sometimes I get restless. I see job opportunities elsewhere and don't apply for them because of the move that it would entail.
Unless the wife decides otherwise I think I am going to stay here, and die here. There's not many better places to be for a fella like me... and a lot that could be much worse.
Do distant roads call out to you? And from where?