I wanted to share some pics from my flower garden but I thought it would be boring; I needed to spice it up a bit. It got me thinking of living in a large city environment and how different that is from living in a small town...
As for shopping and other facilities, we had all the necessary stores that were needed. There was a hospital, too. But, other than JC Penneys (which later closed), there was a high end dress store and one other department store. It was common to order from the Sears catalog and pick up your order at the Sears catalog store. This practice continued into the 1980's. Or, if we had the time, my dear Mom and I would drive over the hill to Yakima where there were proper shopping centers. I have great memories of these trips with my Mom.
When I got married in 1975, I moved to Moses Lake WA which is 70 east of my hometown. But, my oh my, those 70 miles made a huge difference. Moses Lake was not an "old town" by any means. It was incorporated in the late 1940's and didn't have anything of an historical nature. But, as far the the workings of a town, it was the same as Ellensburg. Today it has a population of over 20,000; it's grown immensely from the 22 years that I lived there. My children were born and raised in Moses Lake until we moved in 1997 to the west side of the state near a "big city".
My children tell me they are happy that they were able to experience life in a small town with a slower pace. Although now, they do like the big city and all that it has to offer. As I've gotten a bit older (notice I said "a bit older" haha), I appreciate the medical services that are just around the corner if I or my husband need them. These specialized medical services are not available in a small town. You have to travel to the bigger city and sometimes that can be quite agonizing (especially in the winter months).
I'm so grateful for all that life has given me. And, I love being here in California next to my family. At the same time, it's nice to reflect back on childhood memories and remember where I came from. I always tell my children to never forgot who they are and where they came from. It's never pleasant to meet someone who has become successful but forgotten their roots. I'll always be a small town girl and proud of it, too!
Oh, I almost forgot, the photos from my flower garden as shown above are (1) delphinium, which I found on clearance for $3.00, (2) foxglove, which I also found on clearance for $3.00, (3) digiplexis, which is a hybrid; a cross between foxglove and isoplexis, (4) purple aeonium arboreum and, (5) a sweet purple violet. My soil is so poor but at least they are growing.
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