Gearing Up for a Special Good-Bye

Posted on Thursday 4 February 2010

In 2000 — nearly a decade ago now — Polimom and Adorable Child returned to the Houston area.

We came with nothing.

A newly-single mom, I’d left my beloved tiny village in upstate New York;  there simply were no jobs in my field in the area.  So I headed south, where I hoped that my parents could help me get back on my feet as I relaunched my life — at nearly 40 years old.

Starting over from scratch was incredibly hard.   I had no money, no employment prospects… and in very short order, nowhere to live.

Those were dark days for me.  But within a couple of months, Adorable Child and I were up and running.  Just a little over a year after I arrived, I bought my first house, and shortly thereafter I took the big leap and began working for myself.

The success was stunning, and it was due — in no small part — to the individuals and companies who were willing to take chances on me.

I started that first job on the strength of my education, not my experience.  I rented a  townhouse before I’d shown up for my first day at work.  I bought a house within ten months of starting work, even though doing so took my last nickel.  I actually had to wait for the next paycheck to buy a refrigerator.

It’s been one success after another.   Yes, there have been iffy times, but every time a door closed, several windows opened, and on we went.

Such a story isn’t possible everywhere….   but it worked here.  Houston is a “Can Do” kinda place, where people are, as a rule, busy, ambitious, and high energy.   At each and every step of the way, my drive and motivation were met halfway — and sometimes more.

The Houston area has been very good to my family.  In fact, it’s been good to most of the people we know.  We all owe a great deal to this vibrant community, and now that it’s time for us to leave, we’d like to say Good-Bye in a meaningful way.

So… I think we’re going to throw a party.  A different kind of party.

Stay tuned.

5 Comments for 'Gearing Up for a Special Good-Bye'

    February 4, 2010 | 2:34 pm

    Should I buy a drancy fess? :)

    February 5, 2010 | 6:03 am

    Dunno about a drancy fess. Thinkin’ more casual (since I hate to dress up…).

    Of course, you can always buy a drancy fess, just cuz you wanna. LOL!

    February 6, 2010 | 5:42 pm

    Will it include maybe a crawfish boil? :)


    February 9, 2010 | 9:04 am

    So where are you bound? Dare I ask if it’s back to the Best Bank?

    February 9, 2010 | 11:29 am

    EdT — Yes, it might! I’m re-thinking things, and crawfish is party of my ‘new’ plan.

    Mark — no, I’m truly sad to say it’s not. Much as I love NOLA and always will, we’re heading north to New Hampshire.

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