John and I are certainly now in a new chapter of our lives. We have not regretted the traveling we have done, for we have gained a lot in new sights and experiences. Proudly we can admit that we have embraced it all- hopefully you can tell that from our postings.
Since we have spent a good deal of time in Florida the past three years it seems appropriate to write about our impression of the state. No, it is better just to narrow it down to parks- where we spend most of our time. We have explored many of them in the Tampa Bay area, just because that is a place to go with our 2 year-old grandson. The parks, especially those with playgrounds, are wonderful. They are designed with safety in mind and the play equipment is quite different from park to park. The parks are also interesting because they are well used by people from all walks of life. They reflect the diversity of the corresponding neighborhood. Children from mansions play in the same park with children from small cottages. New subdivisions are constantly being constructed, and it seems that what is most important is that one's home be located near some body of water. Consequently a subdivision of homes priced over $500,000.00 may be found next to an impoverished neighborhood. There seems to be no problem with diversity in the Tampa Bay area! I do like that about Florida.
It remains to be seen yet where John and I will eventually settle down. Yes, we are now considering that likelihood, but it may still be a year or so- for myself I am hoping it is sooner than later. We are planning another trip up north to St.Louis in the spring, and maybe a trip west during the summer months. Bottom line for me is that I do not wish to be away from our two grandchildren for any long stretch of time.!