Life is full of great adventures, we can all agree to that. But sometimes life takes us to places we’d rather not go, down a road less traveled. That’s where I find myself at this juncture in my life, as I join the talented team of bloggers on TravelingMom.com. I am a single mother, as more than 10 million of us are in this country.
I have two wonderful daughters (well, most of the time, anyway!), who are 15 and 11. I find it interesting that the three of us are all in a period of transition in our life’s journeys: My teenager is morphing into a woman before my very eyes, my 11-year-old is soon to be a teenager . . . and me? Well, let’s just say I’m trying to make a transformation, but I’m stuck in a lot of muck at the moment.Very long story somewhat short . . . I have lived down in Orange County, California, for nearly 23 years. I moved here for love, after meeting my now ex-husband on a summer internship many promising moons ago. We married, had two daughters, a zillion fights and finally divorced after 10 years.
There’s a lot of interesting filler in between, but we don’t need to get into that right now. The point is, after more than two decades in “The OC,” a place that people around the world consider a magical wonderland of beaches, entertainment, perfect weather and even-more-perfect bodies, I am ready to brush off all this fairy dust and move back to Sacramento where my sisters and extended family live. Similar, I guess, to the myth of how elephants migrate to graveyards to die.
But wait (sound of screeching tires and the perfect plan coming to a halt)!! “Not so fast,” says the ex-husband, who has steered me off my true-north path and pointed me southward, to a hell known as Family Court. No, my life isn’t perfect at this crossroad. And yours may not be, either. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun while I’m waiting for all the legal dust to settle. As John Lennon so poignantly said, “Life is what happens to you while you’re making other plans.”So I invite you to experience some life – and a few adventures — with me over the next few months, as this single-mom-in-transition says goodbye to the enchanted Orange County and tries to find her way back home.