I moved West from Texas to Las Vegas in June 1996. Damon was 2 years old and Tyler was 9 months old. We had a garage sale and sold most everything. A few things went into storage. We loaded up the two kids into our Pontiac Sunbird, packed our clothes, the kids’ vcr and movies into one of those rooftop uhaul thingies and drove away at midnight with $800 in our pockets.
After arriving in Las Vegas to find that the job we thought we were driving too wasn’t there and moving into a 433 sq. ft. junior one bedroom apartment we just gave it a go. By the time we were divorced we had acquired a houseful of furniture, a kitchen full of dishes and knick knacks and two cars. When I moved out on my own, I took one TV, one bed, one dresser and the dishes and canisters and my car.
In 2000, I started over with Don. Nine years later (in October of last year) we found ourselves having a garage sale and selling pretty much everything we owned b/c we were moving into a place that was fully furnished down to silverware and linens. We moved into our new place with two tv’s, our bed, our clothes and about 15 boxes of stuff – Nascar memorbilia, my office stuff, Christmas decorations.
Here it is almost 13 years to the month that I left Texas to come West with almost nothing and I am going home with the same. What a strange thought that in 13 years, I have been able to hold onto only two tv’s, a bed and some boxes of stuff. I am leaving with a husband and two of my five kids. I came here with a husband and two kids. It’s kind of a sad testament to the craziness of my life. I can only hope that this last 13 years was a derailment from my destiny – like a path I wasn’t supposed to take and now that I am going back home, I can get on the right path again, that I will find the stability and financial security I want so bad.
Of course, if I hadn’t veered off my path, I would not have met Don or been blessed with my two littlest babies and my sweet stepson. It has been a crazy 13 years and it feels as if one chapter is closing and another is just starting to be written. I wonder how the story will read?