Our year of Home Free Retirement Thank You! Out with the Old, In with the New!

Choose Tallahassee chose us and we went down a new path, we had never been there before. Eyes open we were ready to experience retirement in a new city.

We left our house, our town, our road, our church and friends behind. We found new friends, a new town, another house on a new road and found a church…call us adventurous! We lost some of what we had, but we gained so much in Tallahassee. They gave us a free year and so much more! So many people and companies donated items to make this year special.

We fished with the Captain; saw the alligators and manatees; felt the warm waves of a nearby beach and hosted a Ukrainian for a week. We listened to Darko’s magic and dined like kings with the Mayor and others. We spoke at the Tallahassee City Council and Leon County Commissioner meetings. People interviewed us and published articles about us. We watched plays, concerts and discovered new vistas with the Senior Center and Osher Life Long Learning Center. We looked back into Tallahassee’s history at Florida Museum of History, Mission San Luis, John G. Riley Museum of African American History and zipped along at the Tallahassee Museum. We were welcomed at FSU, FAMU and TCC. We met so many lovely Tallahassee people. So many people made our path a little smoother.

We laughed; reminisced; discovered football again and exercise (other than shoveling snow). We reunited with family…finally close by. We experienced a daughter’s wedding and added 2 grandchildren to our brood this year.

We traveled over new bumps in the road…new bends were around the corner. Yet none of these bumps and bends were a struggle…because we had come home!

Will we live happily ever after? We hope so. How can we thank everyone? We hope we just did.

Cathy and Bill Campbell

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