I like Fort Lee.
I like that our housekeeper and I are friends. And that she keeps me accountable: “Ah, I see, she has just gotten up now! Ha!” (Today was an unusually late start!)
I like adjusting the A/C up and down all day (well, down by the time my husband gets back.)
I like that we have a dishwasher here.
I like living in a place where we didn’t know anyone at first.
I like scheming up our weekend plans – and setting out to do them!
I like scheming up dinner recipes – and surprising my husband with yummy plates of fresh ingredients.
I like how much natural light pours daily into our suite.
I like how close we are to so much history.
I like the pool.
I like how “The Waltons” is always on TV.
I like the community here, and how everyone calls me “ma’am!”
I like the space to think, and write, and take pictures, and read. Oh, the reading!
I like how hot the sun feels here.
I like the humidity curling my hair.
I like having a washer and dryer!
I like how our car now knows its way around, and I don’t have to consult a map to get places.
I like the tall pines on the outskirts of the base – like North Carolina pines, the same ones framing the property I was first brought home to, Mom says.
I like the hushed woods and dappled dusty jogging paths.
I like how I have the commissary memorized – I no longer wander looking for the right aisle for artichoke hearts, no longer am new.
I like being his wife here.
I like being proud of him, proud of all of them, proud of the “us” that is our country.
I like how he is being trained, and stretched, and strengthened, and learning so much and being blessed by friendship.
I like the space to have this chapter of our lives, all our own, a fresh adventure.
I like Virginia, with all its rolling green hills and a hint of twang, more than I thought I would.
I’m afraid of liking it too much. But we can always come back, he says.
And he likes it here. But he also likes Minnesota, and our life there.
And I like our life there. We can’t wait for that, too.
I like that it’s waiting for us.
And I like that it is ours to do together.