Last weekend I went back to my hometown of Avon, just west of Cleveland. I lived there and in Cleveland until 5 years ago when I moved to Charlotte. I was there for my grandmother’s surprise 90th birthday party. She seemed to enjoy herself and was very surprised and happy that my sister (from Montana) and I had traveled home to celebrate with her.
On Friday night I met up with my girlfriends from high school at the local “hot spot” The Creekside. It’s your typical “old school” type bar with the checkered floor, round, red vinyl bar stools that spin around and a bunch of locals hanging out. It’s the kind of bar I spent a lot of time when I lived in Cleveland and I miss that atmosphere down here in Charlotte.
I am definitely living a different life than my friends. They are all divorced and/or remarried and have kids. They haven’t left Avon and have no plans to do so. They seem happy with their lives so I can’t fault them for their choices, but I’m glad I’m where I am now.