good is great.

12 Apr

I want to love Georgia- mostly because I always wanted to live here when I was in college. I thought, “After school, maybe I’ll try to get into UGA in a Master’s program there. I’ll move away, but not too far. I’ll be closer to the beach. Life will be grand.”

Little did I know, I would soon move very far away. I used to also think, “Who moves to Alaska? That’s so weird.” It’s funny how life works out, isn’t it?

Anyway, back to Georgia talk…

I haven’t been all that impressed with the last 3.5 months (our time here). But I think it is less of Georgia’s fault and more of the Army’s. I know, I’m a Negative Nancy today. What?! I can’t blame myself!

We can’t really put our fingers on why we don’t like it much here, but I think it’s a mixture of so many different things, some of which I’ve mentioned on my blog already. I’ve told you that we aren’t exactly city folk (read: we’re the opposite of city folk). I’ve also mentioned (probably more times than you would like) how much we miss the beauty and adventure of Alaska and all the friends we left behind there. Maybe you’ve heard a time or two how bad my allergies are back in full swing living here, but you don’t know about the nasty critters that sneak into Georgia homes (I’ve found cock roaches crawling on me twice now!). I also haven’t mentioned my disdain for the areas that tend to spring up around military posts. If you’ve spent any time around some of the larger military installations then you know what I speak of- the ghettos.

On the outskirts of many of our nation’s Army posts, there tends to be that bad part of town that you don’t want to find yourself lost in during the middle of the day, much less in the wee hours of the morning. The strip clubs, the drug deals, the shady spots around town where you just know trouble is lurking. This is what I hate about Columbus.

We live a couple exits away from this so called ghetto, but we’re still affected by it here in the “better” part of town.

When we signed the lease for this place, we were told it was one of the safest neighborhoods around. We quickly got chatty with our neighbors and they told us differently. The truth is, there’s not much of this city untouched by crimes ranging from small to large. We were told that our house in particular had been broken into several times. THAT would have been nice to know (can a girl get some Southern hospitality?). We set to work installing lights and securing our house via an expensive alarm system.

We’ve had our share of issues- nothing too bothersome or pricy, but when my car was broken into the other day, it just sent me over the edge.

I’m frustrated that I’m bringing a child into this (often) screwed up world. I want our son to be safe. I want to be able to protect him from all the bad stuff in life, although I know I won’t be able to always do that. I don’t want to have to worry about someone breaking into our house next time (b/c then I’d be in court all the time b/c you know I’m bringin’ out the big guns!). I’m also annoyed that people can’t make ends meet  for themselves without trying to take from other people to advance themselves in life, but that’s just a whole other vent in itself.

I’m mostly unhappy with Georgia because I know we’ll be moving soon. I haven’t had time to like it here yet and we’re moving again. This is why I’m satisfied in blaming the Army for right now. Because they’re going to make us move to another post that is even more dangerous or so I’ve heard. I’m not the wife who has her mind made up that she’ll hate the next post they’re PCSing to just because everyone told her it was terrible. In fact, I get annoyed when I try to think positively about it and people continually tell me, “oh, you’re going to HATE it there.”

ma-ma-mama says, “Life is all about what you make of it.”

So, gosh darn it- we’re going to love Ft. Polk if it kills me. Our baby will enter the world there and teach us how to love on a whole new level. It might be hard, but it’s only temporary. I’ll just keep reminding myself of that.

As far as enjoying the Georgia chapter of our lives, I will say we’re doing a good job of it. There are times when I look behind at Alaska or forward to Louisiana and wish to be there, but I don’t want to wish my life away. We’ve had good times here. We found out we were expecting here, Savannah was spectacular, spring came early for us ex-Alaskans, and we’ve made some fun pals here that are in the same predicaments. Just last Sunday, J and I were able to make our first fishing trip of the season together. We found a great marina where we’ll house the boat, which includes a beach area, marina restaurant, cabin rentals and coves and coves of Georgia water and landscape. I even caught the first fish of our season opener! The weather is perfect right now and I really shouldn’t complain. Sometimes I just need to focus on the good…

And the good is pretty great around here. I’m so blessed to be very much in love with my husband and carrying our child. As long as I have these two boys, I’ll be alright any ole place we end up.

10 Responses to “good is great.”

  1. sespi April 12, 2011 at 8:03 am #

    Heh. I think it’s funny that you dislike Georgia because you’re not city folk. I dislike Georgia because I AM city folk and it’s much too small for me here. And because it’s hot. And the bugs. And the pollen!

    I love that you’re so determined to like Fort Polk though 🙂 I think you’re right – if you decide to like something, chances are you will.

    • Mrs. K April 12, 2011 at 4:39 pm #

      lol I realize Columbus isn’t a big city. It just feels like it to me! I def. agree with the too hot, yucky bugs, and annoying pollen assessment, though. I could live without all of those things.

  2. Nina April 12, 2011 at 10:26 am #

    Keep your chin up, girl! As you say, as long as you have your boys, any place will be a great place.
    I am kinda tired of Alaska by now, mainly because of cold weather and snow. And wouldn’t mind to be at Ft Lewis, or somewhere where a bigger city would be accessible. But then again traffic and crowds remind me about all the good things in Alaska…. Hugs to you!

    • Mrs. K April 12, 2011 at 4:41 pm #

      Continue to enjoy Alaska while you can (I know you will!). I def complained while I was there about the long winter, but it was an experience I’d never want to exchange for anything!

      • Nina April 12, 2011 at 11:38 pm #

        Indeed! That’s what we were talking about last weekend in Seattle. Alaska sucks, would be nice to be near Seattle or somewhere where there is at least Victoria’s Secret. But I know that I will cry when we leave Alaska. But keeping fingers crossed that J gets into AMEDD, there would be some pretty decent options what comes to the duty stations.

  3. Mowenackie April 12, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

    My husband and are are not “city folk” either. We’re country to the core. As I recently told someone, “If I’m not at a lake in the woods, it’s too city for me.”

    Good luck with your move!

    • Mrs. K April 12, 2011 at 4:41 pm #

      The lake, the woods, mountains…yes, that’s home to me, too 🙂

  4. Nicole April 12, 2011 at 3:34 pm #

    Well…I for one am REALLY excited that you’re moving to Fort Polk. I’m going to see you several times even if it puts me in the poor-house! And B says that the food in LA is spectacular! So he’s on board to come see you too (just as long as I budget enough money for him to eat your town dry! 🙂 ) Anyways, I’m sorry that ya’ll have had bad luck down there. I miss you, and dang it! I want to hug your preggo behind! (well, maybe not your behind specifically 😉 )

    • Mrs. K April 12, 2011 at 4:42 pm #

      I am pumped to be closer to you, my dear! And of course I’ll enjoy the food…I enjoy all food. ha! Your last sentence made me giggle. Miss ya!

  5. {JeLisa} @ Blogging Ever After April 14, 2011 at 3:15 pm #

    My gosh – if I ever found a cockroach crawling on me, I’d die! Or faint. Or something else equally as dramatic.

    And I completely relate to you on the frustration you feel about bringing a child into this broken world. :/

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