Monday , 23 April 2018

“We’re not in Kansas Anymore”

Ten years ago, if you had asked me if I would ever see a future in Texas, I probably would have laughed very hard…out loud. There was no reason to pack up my long lived life that had been completely rooted in New England for almost fifty years to go to an altogether different climate where we knew no-one or nothing at all about the state.

Fast forward, ten very quick years later, stir in three amazing grandsons, Jack, Joey, and Jameson, who by the way, if you haven’t guessed by now, reside in the great state of Texas with their Momma and Daddy, Gina and Mike and poof…my husband and I sold a bunch of stuff, packed up our lives, locks, stocks, and barrels and moved to Texas!

In the short time we have been here, we have encountered such a kinship of like-minded people who have been incredibly eager and willing to assist us during this huge transition, we feel as though we have been here forever. Don’t get me wrong, we would never forsake our beloved New England, but I’m here to tell you, things are just different in Texas.

I remember the first time I went to Target here. Upon finishing our transaction, the young woman at the register cheerily bid us “Have a blessed day!” I don’t know about you, but that made mine! I’m sure there must be folks who are struggling here just as much as back home, but we haven’t encountered many. In fact, it has been just the opposite. We have been whole-heartedly embraced and welcomed into the McKinney fold with open arms…LITERALLY!

We have always promoted “community” and aspire to lead our grandsons by setting an example for kindness and generosity. So, needless to say, we are very grateful to be a part of their lives on a regular basis now, watching them grow up in an environment that nurtures manners and discipline as a way of life. Also being able to impart tradition and family purpose on these three little boys becomes our mission for leaving a legacy of memories they will hold on to forever.

I’m not going to kid you. It wasn’t easy to make this huge change in our lives, but the outcome for having done so has paid off ten fold! Thanks, McKinney for opening your hearts to a couple of old Yankees from Boston. We love it here!

Deborah Viapiana-Ricci is a freelance writer living in McKinney with her husband, Wil. They can be found happily making their rounds through the streets in the Square! Write her!

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