Twice today I have thought of the term, my neck of the woods. I paused for thought because I have never lived in the woods, but have heard and used this term for as long as I can remember. I obviously heard the term from my mom who had unusual living situations. I know at some points she did live in the woods. Often her family lived on a prison ground as her father was employed on many farms on prisons. He was good at his job and it always meant food on the table. So I am assuming again , her neck of the woods, was an accurate description.
I never knew there was a song by the name. My Neck Of The Woods
I gave thought today to what exactly is my neck of the woods. When I moved to this city it was not a city. It was an unincorporated area. That meant less taxes, less government in your face, less people, and more homeowner rights.
I am grateful that my neck of the woods has no bears. (MY CITY) I wish we also had no coyotes. Too many people have lost their cats and small dogs to these awful creatures. I shall spare the details of what I have heard and seen.
I am grateful that my neck of the woods is very multicultural. (MY CITY AND CLOSE CITIES) It has changed over the years and the community is so wonderfully varied.
I am grateful in my neck of the woods I can get some really good Mexican food, which I love. (MY CITY AND LOCAL CITIES) I have friends in other areas who actually don’t have this privilege. Worse yet are the people who actually think Taco Bell is Mexican food.
I am grateful that living in my neck of the woods I am an hour and a half from snow in winter, with none here thank G-d. (FROM MY CITY)
In my neck of the woods I am an hour and a half to two hours from the beach so I can get away from the heat when needed. The beach is my happy place. (FROM MY CITY)
I am grateful in my neck of the woods I am an hour from the desert when I want to enjoy its beauty. I am not so grateful that all these places used to take less time but congestion has changed things. (FROM MY CITY)
I am grateful that in my neck of the woods I can now get fast internet and tons of TV channels. (MY CITY) I am not so happy about the high cost of these things nor the inability to get any FREE TV any longer.
I am grateful that in my neck of the woods I gave a very short commute to work. This will be a mute point in less than a month however.
I am grateful that my once strictly bedroom community now has a Target. (MY CITY) Not that they are the be all and end all of shopping. It is just that before they arrived and since, if you want anything other than groceries you have to travel about a half an hour to an hour away. So I will accept the chain business and its closeness.
I am grateful in my neck of the woods there are amazing schools for my community. (LOCAL AND NEARBY CITIES) I feel my children received a quality education and one went on to graduate from a prestigious university and the other from a wonderful private college.
I am grateful in my neck of the woods there are Starbucks. I know they are on every corner much to most people’s chagrin. But come cool weather I love a venti hot chocolate 195 degrees no foam no whip. They know me by my order.
I am grateful in my neck of the woods there are places that for people who choose to, can go and worship. I am not so grateful that there are no synagogues nearby for many miles. (Not that I need an organized place of worship.)
I am grateful that in my neck of the woods we now have good quality cell service. (MY CITY) For many years this was not the case and we could get no service in our home or city or school.
I am grateful that in my neck of the woods I can sit on my back swing and watch the sun set. (MY HOME) When I bought my home there were tall cypress tress and I had no idea there was a view.
I am grateful in my neck of the woods there are fun thrift stores to haunt. (NEARBY CITIES) I have developed a slight addiction to seeking and finding fun things.
I am grateful in my neck of the woods I can see planes fly overhead, but not at a too low altitude. (MY HOUSE) I never knew how much I like seeing the planes until 911 when they ceased flying to LAX.
I am grateful in my neck of the woods I can get a mani-pedi. (MY CITY) I should go way more often but it is a luxury gift to myself that I use sparingly.
I am grateful in my neck of the woods I have canyons full of beauty and cows. (MY CITY) While these places are what separate my city from others they are peaceful reminders of traveling to other spaces.
I am grateful in my neck of the woods I can be who I am without remorse or regret. (MY HOME)
I like my neck of the woods.