Did you ever find yourself driving down the road and wondering how your life has turned out? Did the daydreams that you had when you were younger come true? I was going to be a Vet, have three children named Jeffery, Elizabeth, and ? (I can’t remember what that 3rd child was going to be named) and live in a tudor styled home with a wonderful husband.
My daydreams didn’t happen quite the way I envisioned. After taking a vacation to Northern California in 1992, I returned home to Brooklyn NY and told my dad that I was moving to California. His response to me, “You have jetlag”. Maybe I did, maybe I didn’t. But I went to work that Monday, gave my two week notice, researched some apartments through the For Rent magazines (we didn’t have Google back then), found one in Pleasanton and rented it over the phone. I began my new journey in March, 1992. Twenty-eight days later, I met my future husband Mark. We lived in Northern California until 2005 when Mark received a promotion up to Washington state.
We have two daughters, ages 12 and 9. Mark and I always thought we would have boys. I even brought a blue outfit to the first birth since we didn’t find out what we were having. We weren’t going to have girls because we were going to be football parents, not pink tutu parents, right? – WRONG! Our two have provided the most “never a dull moment” moments since they have entered our lives. I have become the ultimate crazy soccer mom, minivan and all. My hubby is the rock guitarist of the family. I tell people there’s a rock concert in our house almost everyday. We are the modern day Ozzy Osbourne family J.
We live in this wonderful area where sometimes traffic is stopped to let the cows cross the road. This Brooklyn girl never thought in a million years I would see something like that.
Was this ever part of my daydream? Nope, it wasn’t. I have realized everything happens for a reason – whether good, bad, sad, happy. I do learn something new everyday. Would I change anything? I don’t think I would change anything, but I try to add some dull moments here and there – which is a hard task all by itself.