(If anyone can name the song the lyrics in the title are from, you get 10 points!)
I make no secret of the fact that I intend to leave New Jersey at some point. There’s no way I could afford to have much land here—prices and taxes are just too high! And, truth be told, I wouldn’t mind going somewhere a little warmer. (Granted, now that it’s 80°+ degrees, heh heh…)
A question has been asked, because of my plans to eventually leave the state. “What will you miss most about Jersey?”
“Your hometown?” some may ask, but no. I love my mother’s house, and especially the backyard. I will always love that house and that yard and the work we put into the garden. But I will not necessarily miss that town. It was a great place to grow up, but it served it’s purpose.
“24 hour diners?” some inquire. Ooh, that will be tough to leave behind. It’s certainly nice to have a place to go to hang out and get some cheesecake at 2am if I so desire. But, truth be told, I haven’t actually used a diner for such late night shenanigans in a while, so I’m fairly certain I could live without the convenience if I must.
“Family?” Oh, I would definitely miss them. But I know that they could and would visit, and I could visit, and we would still all be in contact.
No, I think that what I would miss most when I leave behind this state is the place where I spent time every single summer of my life: Long Beach Island.
Each time I go in the summer reminds me of just how much I love our little yellow house, and the lagoon, and the beaches and the stores and the restaurants and the sense of peace and relaxation and fun that being there brings about.
Today, I got to go down for a little while, have lunch at THE best chicken wing place ever (Chicken or the Egg) and I spent a little time laying on the beach with a book by myself. (Well, there were other beachgoers, but my brother and his family had not accompanied me.) It was really relaxing, and helped me recharge a bit from my newly acquired work schedule.
I love the ocean. I love the sound of it, and the smell of it. I don't think I could stand to be away from it for years on end, so that's certainly something to consider when I look for where I'll end up...