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My home for four score and twenty has been
My beloved state of Washington
I am not sad to leave the rain
But will regret not seeing those who remain
I know there will be changes to be made
Some of these adjustments Iíll want to evade

I have always treasured landscapes green
Where I go to now may just appear obscene
In Southern California, most days are yellow
In San Diego, all locals stay too mellow
Except when they get behind the wheel
No can match their tenacity and zeal

Instead of Mt Rainier, Starbucks and REI
Iíll hear planes from Lindbergh Field fly toward the sky
Instead of Douglas Firs and Ivarís Salmon House
Iíll be seeing Palm Trees and more of the mother of my spouse
Instead being in my own home for the next 60-90 days
Iíll be staying at my motherís in lawís condo in a haze

I have taken for granted my associates and friends
Leaving so soon, thereís too little time to make amends
Already I regret my lack of gratitude
I hope I can learn to improve my attitude
I need to cherish each moment I have and see it as a boon
Otherwise my time to treasure it will dissolve all too soon

In the future I can, with certainty, predict
My need for connectedness will elicit
Renewed energy to find a niche
I will begin to fit in without a hitch
I may, in time, start to feel just like
Iíve been in this place for most of my life

Stephanie Millican

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The following comments are for "Relocating at Age Sixty"
by EchoMarm

Hi Stephanie!
Hi Stephanie...good to see you here again.

Moving away conjures up a veriety of emotions, depending on age and circumstances. Some...usually the young...look forward to new adventures, and in many cases, a chance to escape thier present environment, if they are unhappy there. However, it is especially stressful for the older person, who has lived their entire lives in one community. Leaving friends and family, and all the old famliar experiences, is difficult at best.

I applaud your acceptance of your circumstances, and with your new attitude, you will come to embrace new surroundings and new friends...who you will find...are also looking forward to bonding with new people and experiences.

I wish you well in your new adventure.


( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: August 22, 2008 )

made me reflect, this did, that you can leave places, but places rarely leave you. having lived in London for a while now I still find myself pulled back to and indentifying with "home"... whether I want to or not...

what I like most about this poem is that it sees opportunities as well as challengesÖ something I could stand to learn fromÖ

thank you for the wistful optimism of this.

( Posted by: AuldMiseryGuts [Member] On: August 25, 2008 )

relocation revisited
I appreciate your feedback based on PERSONAL EXPERIENCE it definitely helps to hear of others whose lives have been changed similarly and how they felt at the time. I also really feel moved by your empathy. I am not alone thanks to the writers. Thanks, Stephanie Millican

( Posted by: echomarm [Member] On: December 8, 2008 )

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