>> Monday, June 18, 2012
When I lived in New York I thought I had it all. Everything you need is there. There is nothing lacking....so I thought. Now that I live in Virginia not by choice, but for my husband's job, there are a few things that would have been nice to have. Virgina is the true melting pot for families. Most people come here due to their spouse's employment opportunity. I was surprised when I came how many people from all walks of life were in the same situation, especially for government work next door in DC.
The first thing I noticed was the quietness. I could not sleep for a week. Eventually I adjusted by listening to music with my head phones on. Then things were much slower and my first impression of the people was getting lost in their color coded system for navigating the metro trains. New York of course uses a massive numbers and letters network. I remember asking a sweet young lady with her mother how to get to... she replied, "I don't work for transit." Thank God, after that incident, comments made to me by the public has changed, otherwise it would have left me with a bad first impression. In NY I find people to be genuinely helpful.
I have heard from other sources and neighbors that working here is not easy either. It was difficult getting my current job and realized their is a cultural difference in the work place where things can become misconstrued. You have to really work on communication with those you work with. The home I live in was based on the school ratings for elementary schools with good academic standing within the neighborhood. I love that my oldest is taking violin and the little one can take a decently priced soccer course. In New York you have to fight the "system" for the rights of your children to attend a school that will positively influence them.
One day on my way to work, I couldn't find a good radio station I liked, until I heard the family radio station 91.9 FM. In New York you can only hear family radio with christian music on Sundays for a few hours as opposed to Virginia, it's practically all day, everyday. I have enjoyed so many and it keeps me humming through the day when things get difficult. Here are two that have been on my song list. I leave you with Sidewalk Prophets, Aaron Shust, Superchick and Newsboys. Which one do you like?