My dear darling friend is moving to another state today. I will miss her tremendously. We’ve been friends since we were 17 and have always had that uncanny ability to pick up right where we left off no matter the amount of time or distance that had been between us. You know what I’m talking about. So, though the time and distance between us will now be greater than ever, there’s no doubt our (kindred) spirits will remain close. Cheese! :)
My friend has interesting plans. She’s going to live with her sister and brother-in-law and will be arriving at their home in Connecticut just a few weeks before their new baby! I know she has caught some flack for what might seem like an odd living arrangement, but back in the day a woman living with and helping care for her sister’s newborn would be counted as lucky. And when it comes to generations within a family, Nicole from the fantastic blog Intentionally Small says, “It is becoming more common for families of multiple generations (including grandparents and adult children) to live in the same house, or on the same property. This cuts down on costs, helping everyone involved.”
I think my friend’s decision is generous and brave. Plus, her and her sister are twins! What do you think? Would privacy be an issue for you?
I recently stayed with her in Winston-Salem, NC—we visited her ‘Cheers‘, enjoyed a typical southern breakfast, and drove around the neighborhoods and downtown. Winston, as most people in North Carolina call it, is a small city (population about 300,000) and an hour and 45 minutes west of Raleigh. It is home to Old Salem, the School of the Arts, and the famous author and poet Maya Angelou. The rich history of the area and influence of the arts makes Winston’s downtown eclectic… and honestly, fascinating. I had no idea what I was in for and was stunned by it’s character and personality. Here are a few shots from the day!
P.S. If you’re looking for a new home, I lost count of the number of For Rent and For Sale signs in the front yards of beautiful, southern homes in really great neighborhoods.