To the people of the Virginia Beach area,
We are coming. My husband, two kids and myself are all packing up in a few months and moving into your "neck of the woods."
I doubt that most of you will even notice us when we arrive, and won't even notice we have left when that time comes as well.
But, if you happen to be looking out your front window when the moving truck pulls up, or your kid is in my child's class, or you notice us uncomfortably sitting in a pew trying to find God in a new and not yet comfortable space--maybe you will think twice about walking away without saying hello or a smile.
I am not a prize by any means. I am human, and flawed, and well...down right nutty.
But, I am worth getting to know.
I am terribly shy and don't have much in the way of self esteem; but, I can cook, and sew and I am super crafty.
I am terrible with phone calls as they make me uncomfortable; but, I am a really good writer and a great listener.
You won't want to invite me to parties or out for "girls night" because I am not at all "grown up" fun and a great big stick in the mud; but, I am very creative and get tons of ideas and share.
I don't drink, not just because I am uptight, but because I am a person moved by smell, and I can't stand the stench of beer and wine; but, I will be the first to bring your family dinner if someone is sick, or an extra desert or treat just because.
You will likely hurt my feelings, as you won't be any more perfect than I am; but, I am fiercely loyal, and I will always be there for you and your family for whatever you need.
I won't have any clue who the super stars are you are that talking about, as my idea of a great show is "The Golden Girls" and my car radio station stays planted on the Christian music channel; but, I will always think of you first when my kids out grow something or they are done with a toy or book.
Your home will be so much trendier than mine, as I am very old fashioned and super cheap; but, I will cheer on your Pinterest goals and help you paint or cut or sand or wax.
I won't be the first to volunteer for anything as I am painfully shy and well aware of my non-existent leadership qualities; but, I am a great follower and with enough encouragement I have no problem giving of my time, my energy and myself.
I don't go to the movies or nice restaurants, mostly because I am crazy cheap, but also because social situations make me uncomfortable (and, I am working on it!) ; but, I'll organize the class parties and be the room mom and make the crafts and cookies and cupcakes so you won't have to, or to share the load that you usually bare.
I doubt I will have any idea of the "man candy" you are referring to as my idea of the "perfect man" (after my husband of course) is Andy Taylor; but, I have two kids that are older and I have been through 11 years of parenting and I can help, or at least listen and pray for you.
You may resent me because I get to stay at home with my kids all day every day; but, I will admire you for how hard you have to balance your life.
You will get frustrated with my inability to navigate, my ridiculous thriftiness, my helicopter parenting and/or my constant apologies for myself and children; but, I am typically non-drama.
You may only call or talk to me when you need something, or when you are bored; but, I will be thankful that someone decided that I was worthy of calling or talking to.
I will never be your "best friend," because there will be someone you have known longer or find way more fun; but, I won't know a lot of people, and you take a lot of your time to share with me, and that may just make you my "best" friend.
So, maybe you will find in me a reason God decided to uproot myself and my family, and maybe I will find in you the same thing. I happened last time.
The nutty stay at home mom of two who is thankful God finds her worthy