I am very lucky to live in two places: Houston, Texas and Rockport, Maine. We have just returned to Houston and, oh, what a difference. Many of those differences make reentry something of a challenge.
Houston is big and with that comes lots of traffic.
Right now I drive the freeways with my heart in my mouth, fearful of changing lanes and intimidated by 18 wheelers closing in urging me to speed up or waiting to pass me by.
That is quite a contrast to Maine where most of the roads are two lanes with 50 MPH speed limit which makes driving a bit more leisurely to say nothing of being more scenic.
As different as it is, there are things I like about being in Houston. High on the list is Costco where I always come out with much more than I meant to purchase. That was especially true on this first visit when having access to so much was overwhelming!
I like that Houston winter is green with lots of blooming things, the way Maine is in summer. By the time we leave Maine, most of the color is gone and the landscape takes a break until spring when it reawakens.
Returning to Houston means going to St. Paul’s UMC, a church I’ve loved for many years. I appreciate its timeless Gothic architecture, the peacefulness I feel there, the way it provides opportunity for discovering your own faith walk and that it is open to all people.
The best part of reentry is returning to my house in the area that has been home to the hubby and me since we’ve been married. (One of these days I will have to tell you the story of how this house got me elected to office or at least how I think it helped.)
As different as it is, I enjoy the time we spend in Houston, but I must confess that I do miss waking up in the morning, turning my head and looking out on Rockport Harbor.
No matter the season, no matter whether it’s sunny or foggy, I love the view, the activity
and the sight and sound of lobster boats going out for the day’s work. The most I see upon waking in Houston is the fence that separates our and the neighbor’s property.
Despite their differences, I am lucky to live in Houston and Rockport, and each helps me appreciate the other a little more.
i so appreciate your visit and the comments you leave behind