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August 24, 2008

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Stephanie Bohn

Oh... my....God...

I'm speechless.

I just found your blog as I was googling "garden blogs". I have about 100 other things I should be doing right now, but I read this post and now I'm writing to you because you perfectly articulauted this loss and feeling that I've been harboring for the past year.

We moved to Arlington, Texas a year and a half ago from the lower east side. I had lived in New York for 10 years, my husband for 5. Our son was born in our apartment on Orchard Street in the Fall of '07.

I know what it's like to have that perfect outfit for the perfect day when the world is at your doorstep and life feels free and wonderful and taking your child to the doctor is an adventure.

I know what it's like to live in in Arlington (now Austin as of 6 months ago) and drive in your car and not see people, so you just kind of let your wardrobe slide.

I sometimes miss that girl that went to PS 1 parties during the summer and knew every bar in the East Village and had all kinds of friends from all walks of life and lived in a neighborhood where, when I walked down the street, I could run into at least 10 people at any time of the day or night that knew my name.

I've been wondering for a while if others feel that loss of adventure and the impact of the profoundly mundane-ness that life in Dallas, or Arlington or even Austin can bring when you've moved ut of the city. Sometimes I feel like I'm the only one.

Thanks for writing that. I somehow feel better now.

At least moving to Texas as impacted my ability to garden. I worked at Redenta's in Arlington last summer and fell in love with gardening. Something I was never able to do, living in a small tenement aprtment building on the LES.

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