As many of you know, we recently moved to Florida from Virginia. We lived in Virginia for 31 years, most of them in the Tidewater area. I was stationed there in the Navy and after I retired I worked for the Navy as a Civil Servant until I retired again. I have a wide network of friends in the Tidewater area from the Navy, Church, and the shooting community. I constantly ran into old acquaintances and friends when shopping or out for an evening.
Now, we are in a new area and, with the exception of my Son and his family, I know no one and I am lonely. Yes, I love being with my Son and family. I love interacting with the Grandsons. But they all have a life too, and the grandsons are teenagers. So they have their own lives also, and that is good. In addition, my wife has taken up crafting as a hobby. This is something she has not done since she went to work long ago. So, there are positives to the move. However, I am reporting a negative effect that also exists. Do I want to move back to Tidewater? No. However, I wish some of my friends would move here. I know that is selfish, and to tell the truth, my best friends are coming to visit in March. So, I am really looking forward to that. I expect I will wear them out talking, touring, and eating! So, I have a respite scheduled. But again, I am just reporting an issue.
How do I make things better? Well, I tried to volunteer at the USS Alabama Memorial Park, but they never replied. And we tried to volunteer at a local hospital holding high risk, new born infants, but they have not replied either. I have not found a Church that needs a stand in Preacher, so I will continue to look for opportunities to volunteer and get involved. But for now, I am alone, with people.