Well, it’s been 4 days since I posted the first part of this message. I wanted to give it a little while to sink in, for those who might be wondering about it!
Today, in Part 2, I will try to respond to some of the negative things I posted about our discussion of moving to North Carolina!
First off, the subject of the recession. If we do make the move we will be moving to Havelock, North Carolina. So, what is the unemployment rate in Havelock? At this time, the unemployment rate in Havelock is 6.0% while in Paris, Texas the current unemployment rate is about 6.5%. Does that make me feel better? No, but it does let me see reality. I moved here 6 years ago without a job and with no prospects. Within 2 weeks I had found a temporary job that kept me busy for the first 3 years before I finally got hired on full-time for the last 3 years. In other words, we came here without anything put back and we made it! It was tough at times but we still made it!
Now, will that happen in Havelock? Who knows? The difference between Havelock and Paris is that if I do make the move to Havelock I will have some support money put away. In other words, I’m not going there empty. We will have plenty of money put away to support us until I do get things rolling. I have never failed to find employment, no matter where I have been. Even in Paris in 1985 I managed to survive by buying and selling, although I was single at that time! So, pardon me if I am optimistic about our chances!
The next negative was the fact that I will have to leave all my family behind. This means my siblings, cousins, nieces, nephews, etc. and my wife will have to do the same. Well, if you have paid any attention to the subtle inuendos on this blog you will know that my relationship with my siblings is far from the greatest. Besides my younger sister and middle brother, I really don’t have anyone else I would miss. That is simply a fact! They say absence makes the heart grow fonder, so let’s see if that is true. It doesn’t seem to be true for those who I haven’t spoken to in months! As far as my wife’s family is concerned, the only one she speaks to on a regular basis is her Mom and sister. However, she can still speak to them on the phone there. In my opinion, it would do my wife a load of good to get all the burden of her mother off of her shoulders. I don’t mean that negatively! She has taken care of her mother pretty much ever since we got married. It’s about time for someone else to pitch in and help out! I think it would do her health a world of good to get away!
OK, what about my daughter’s senior year in high school? Well, I must admit that is a big factor. I really feel like it would be wrong to do that to her. However, she has told us over and over that she doesn’t care. I can probably relate to her on that because she doesn’t have a ton of friends there. Not close friends. She doesn’t call friends on the phone everyday. She doesn’t receive phone calls. She doesn’t have anyone over nor does anyone have her over. Do you get where I am coming from? Yes, she has friends but none are so close that she couldn’t continue to keep up with them through MySpace or Facebook.
What about friends we have made in Paris? Well, that is simply a joke! I am so busy with work and family that I have no time for making friends here. Don’t get me wrong, I show myself friendly but I don’t have time to go to everyone’s house and visit or go to this party or that. My wife has a few friends and I am sure she will miss them but she is more than ready to get out of Paris!
Next, I asked about the environment. Will it effect our health? Well, to be honest with you, we are troubled with sinus problems here but when we are in North Carolina we have not had any trouble with our sinuses. Perhaps it will help our health.
What about the fact that all we have ever known is Texas? Well, that is true and it will be different leaving Texas. However, in the last 2 years we have ventured outside of Texas and discovered a whole new world out there. A very beautiful countryside that we would love to discover more about. Living in North Carolina would be a nice little place to put us within driving distance of quite a few national treasures! Yes, Texas is very centrally located for most of the country, but I believe we might be ready for a change.
So, where does that leave the negatives? Well, let me just say that all the negatives do have a way of working themselves out!
Next week, I will post part 3 – The positives about a possible move to North Carolina.