chapter  20
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Changing Life on the Coast

A feeling of despondence takes over my body for a second, as if my desire to move were crippled by reality. I know that moving where I badly want to move is not an easy option. April has sobered me up many times before about my dream of moving to a Southern Gulf island, and I know we’re not going to move this time either. We are a young family with two children and while our financial situation is stable, we definitely can’t easily afford to put up with Gulf Island real estate. There are logistical obstacles too: getting to work, ferry travel costs, scheduling the kids’ school . . . I am aware of all this, painfully aware. And yet the drifter in me, the West Coaster in me, is ready to move. How many families are agonizing over the same dream right now?