It has been too long, so I am heading to Sugar Land to see the folks and check in before I lose my favored son status.
Its funny how much has changed in my life since I left in 1993.Â Two kids, two marriages, too many pets,Â jobs and homes to mention in a short time.Â I have not been backÂ since Christmas of 2006.Â Â I did go through the whole history of homes on this blog back when I purchased the current abode.
Sixteen years and a lot has changed with Sugar Land and me.Â I would like to think we have both grown and matured. But the Sugar Land I will see tomorrow looks nothing like the Sugar Land I considered home. When I drive down Highway Six I might as well be driving in any large developed city with a Starbucks on nearly every corner. I remember thinking that same thought while driving through some suburb of Atlanta a couple of months ago. It all looks the same.Â If you didn’t know what state you were in, you’d have to stop and ask.
I have been accused of living in the sticks since I left. I will admit living in Southwest Kansas was more than a little remote.Â But I prefer to not live in aÂ Metro area. I don’t spend all my time in traffic working on vocabulary that I seldom use anywhere else. The only thing that is limited is choices.Â I don’t have 20 grocery stores to choose from, I have four.Â I don’t have 200 restaurants to choose from I have twenty. But you know I can only buy groceries in one place and eat at one place at a time. Plus if I forget how to swear I can always pack up and head sixty miles south to Atlanta and remember why I love where I live.
Around here though, people always want to know where your people are from.Â Its a simple question if you are a native Georgian, but a little more difficult question for me. They know,Â I ain’t from around here. The good news is its been a while since I was asked what kind of Yankee I am anyway? That being said if someone asks me where home is, it’s Calhoun.Â IfÂ someone asks me where I grew up, its Sugar Land.
Looking forward to spending some quality time with Mom and Dad,Â its been too long.