Thankful to Be Dragged Kicking and Screaming to Delray Beach…

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Thankful to Be Dragged Kicking and Screaming to Delray Beach…

 

Debbie Reynolds  in her 10 Day Thanksgiving Post Challenge has asked that we share with you what we are thankful for.

You wouldn’t know it to read my Saturday posts but I had to be movingdragged kicking and screaming to Delray Beach!

In 1987, I had spent my entire life living in Houston.  I’d been born there and most of my family was there.

However, in the late 80s the oil and gas market had taken a dive off of a very high diving (or oil)  platform. At that time, everything in Houston centered around the Oil & Gas industry.

 My clients were the major oil companies and any business that served them.  Larry was building homes and the housing market took a tumble as well.

Florida, however, was doing very well.

 

One day, I went to lunch with a good friend and remarked that everything in my life was going so well I was afraid that something was going to happen.

 

It reminded me of a scene in Father of the Bride 2 ( see below)

“All those that think they have it made step forward...not so fast George Banks.”

 

That night Larry told me that his company was moving him to South Florida to start their home building operations there.

My world collapsed! ( yes I was dramatic)

 

We decided to marry ( remind me to tell you of his proposal someday) and within a few months, we were moving to South Florida.

We rented for 6 months before buying a home. I was so sick of palm trees and all that sun! Where was the rain?  ( I soon discovered summer afternoon storms)

And PINK! What was with all of that pink in Boca??

After looking at every waterfront home from Boynton Beach south to Lighthouse Point we found a home in Delray Beach.

There were no pink stucco homes and we moved next door to the family that would become our extended family.

 

My neighbor welcomed us with a drink in each hand and we have been friends for almost 30 years.

 

One piece of advice she gave me stuck with me.

ROOT WHERE YOU ARE PLANTED

I had been resisting settling in, even putting off getting my Florida license but I am so glad that I listened to her.

We moved away once for work and returned in a few years and bought the house next door to where we used to live.

 

I am so thankful that while I had to be dragged here and still consider myself a Texan, I did root and now love the palm trees, sunshine, beach and wonderful small town community of Delray Beach.

 

 

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Michael Jacobs
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Good morning, Kathy --- and if Paul Harvey were alive, he'd be joining in with the others and ask about the rest of the story

Nov 17, 2016 10:58 PM #7
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Kathy,

What a great story, and we are so glad that you found your Texan roots thriving in Florida.  A

Nov 17, 2016 11:47 PM #8
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Bill Roberts
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OMG Kathy Streib I would really have liked to see that. Did he grab you by the hair like a caveman?

And of course it is good to become rooted where you are planted. Sage advice to be sure.

Bill Roberts

Nov 18, 2016 01:39 AM #9
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Mark Loewenberg
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pink is good and it seems to be the color of choice down here in so florida!

Nov 18, 2016 01:45 AM #10
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
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 As a avid reader of your blog I would never have guessed that you had any other area in your life then the beautiful DelRay Beach area. We are all thankful that you excepted the move.  I don't even detect a Texas twang in your blog Kathy Streib  

Nov 18, 2016 02:55 AM #11
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Dick Greenberg
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Hi Kathy - I have learned a lot about Delray Beach from reading your blog, and you have definitely become a native - it's a lovely place to live. Thanks for the origin story.

Nov 18, 2016 04:28 AM #12
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Sharon Tara
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Such a great story....you ended up right there where you were meant to be! Fun seeing the video too.

Nov 18, 2016 05:10 AM #13
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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I have found that several times in life when I was either dragged kicking and screaming, I was fortunate that I lost!  

Nov 18, 2016 08:40 AM #14
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Roy Kelley
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Thank you very much for sharing your experience with your disruption and relocation. I relate to your experience. I was born and raised in Virginia and the move to Maryland required a new perspective.

Nov 18, 2016 08:48 AM #15
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LOL...oh boy. We have a lot in common. I can relate to your story.

Before I lived in Cedaredge I lived even higher up and more remotely in the mountains. I had to be dragged out of those mountains kicking, screaming and threatening divorce. Now you've read my posts and can see how much I've grown to love where I now live. That was 17 years ago. 

Nov 18, 2016 09:30 AM #16
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Kathy Streib
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Lise Howe I resisted it for quite a while.  And I'll have to see about the proposal story...it's not that exciting.

faye schubert you know you're absolutely right.  My attitude changed when a friend told me to look at it as an adventure. 

 

Nov 18, 2016 10:24 AM #17
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Kathy Streib
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Dorie Dillard you may be disappointed...it was more funny than romantic.

Anita Clark you know, that's exactly what a friend told me.  Her husband was in the Navy and then in r.e. development.  She said that the only way she could handle all of the moves was to make each home just like she wanted it and not worry that they would be moving in a few years.

Nov 18, 2016 10:26 AM #18
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Kathy Streib
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Wayne Martin it is although Houston is still in my heart. 

Joe Pryor When we moved here everyone kept telling me to wait until January. Then I'd be happy to be here.  Hope we get to meet when you're here. 

 

Nov 18, 2016 10:30 AM #19
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LOL- Michael Jacobs the story will only disappoint. 

Thank you Ron and Alexandra Seigel I still call myself a Texan living in Florida. 

Bill Roberts well, to make sure I'd feel at home, the house we rented was 5 minutes from the big mall with Saks, Bloomingdales and...well you get my drift. 

 

Nov 18, 2016 10:38 AM #20
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Mark Loewenberg I was so sick of it the first year!  

Oh Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, Broker, Tacoma Washington stick me back in Texas or in a group of Texans and then you'll see!  or rather hear!  Thank you for your very kind words. 

Nov 18, 2016 10:42 AM #21
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Kathy Streib
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Dick Greenberg  I'd love to be back in Houston but they would have to move Houston here .

Sharon Tara I'm a sucker for movies like Father of the Bride.  I have it on when I'm doing my holiday baking. 

 

Nov 18, 2016 10:44 AM #22
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Kathy Streib
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Myrl Jeffcoat you know, some things are just meant to be.  You have to wait for it sometimes but in the end, it works out. 

Roy Kelley and now you are every part of The Kentlands.

Debbie Laity I never would have thought that!!!  I guess most of us have moved from somewhere .

 

Nov 18, 2016 10:48 AM #23
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I love your story, Kathy. I felt much the same way when I moved to Tennessee from Florida and again when I moved to Clarksville. I remember crying bought times. Now I have rooted and love it. I know you do too.

Nov 18, 2016 11:11 AM #24
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Transitions can be rewarding...and the happily ever after...we don't always recognize that in the beginning !

Nov 18, 2016 05:37 PM #25
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Kathy Streib - though kicking and screaming you planted deeper roots in DelRay and Larry has been your Rock! You're luckier than many who didn't change when the oil crisis occurred and you became wiser. I applaud you and admire you from afar. 

Nov 18, 2016 11:20 PM #26
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