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Missing my hometown…

As I sit here on my day off, It’s my off days like these, when no one’s around except for my two kittens, Sonic and Gravy that I sometimes long to be back home on Long Island.

My father was from Alabama and my mom is from West Virginia. They met back in 1960, both living in NYC at the time. Shortly after they married, they moved to Bay Shore, next door to Entenmann’s bakery, then a one story shop, which of course has grown tremendously over the years.

After my oldest brother, Willie,  was born, my parents moved into their first house they bought while my mom was pregnant with my second brother, Wayne (or Brian as our  family calls him). They settled in Huntington, on a street where there were maybe two or three houses on the whole block! Finally I was born into the family which made ours complete.My brothers and I graduated from Walt Whitman HS.  We all attended college, both Willie and I choosing to stay on LI, while my brother Wayne went upstate, close to Canada.

My parents finally retired and moved back to Alabama, my brothers and I chose to stay here in Huntington. Evenually, Willie moved to Baltimore a year or so later, while Wayne, now married left to Florida for a career opportunity and I finally left four years ago with my four youngsters to live closer to my my mom now that my dad has passed away.

So here I am in Sweet Home Alabama!! I love it so much!! It reminds in a lot of ways of Long Island sans the heavy traffic (so long it’s not Game Day). Don’t get me wrong, moving here at first was very stressful. Trying to convince my older three kids that it was the right thing to do by taking them away from their only friends they’ve known all their lives was a challenge, let alone me trying to convince myself the same. At first it was a matter of the kids fitting in(“hey you’re from NY you think you’re the ish”), but I must say I am PROUD of they way they have adjusted!!!

So now we live in Tuscaloosa, not too far and not too close to University of Alabama, like I said pretty much like living on Long Island. The Downtown area near the college is similar to going to one of the Long Island villages, pretty busy 24/7  with shoppers, restaurants and bars.

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Actually, truth be told, we live closer to Stillman College, walking distance. I’m hoping that is the college my children choose to go to, either that or UA. I have met a lot of people in the past four years living here and I must say, most of them have been nothing but NICE to me…and i’ts always a bonus to have that special person in my live who makes living here worthwhile!!! Thank you, Sunshine  for being you and sharing YOUR life with me and my family. You are a special, special part of me.

Anyway in closing, I miss NY but finally proud to say that my children and I are official Alabamians…..Roll Tide!!!

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