|Highway sign white letters on green field read You are now leaving|
Greenbelt with yellow warning sign in yellow with black font
reading Exit Only
2014 has been a year of failures and disappointments for me. I am exhausted. While efforts to improve a neighborhood on the verge of urban decay for a very long time have seen changes like new management, renovations and better maintenance, the largest garden style community on the East Coast is still the rough part of town. The retirees who raised their children there were forced out by 2012. Between 2007 and 2010. crime peaked and a series of fires caused by a combination of faulty wiring and arson burned out legacy residents. Stability has returned but it had come at great cost. My idea of building community ties there just wasn't going to work. Too many residents see west Greenbelt as a hotel/transient lodging rather than a legitimate part of greater Greenbelt.
|Mu with big sister at Greenbelt's Mother and Child Statue|
We are residents of Montgomery County now. I have very mixed emotions about moving. It was something I urged other parents in our former county not to do. At the time I truly believed that someone had to stay and fight for change. But things had reached a critical mass, and my husband realized, as many special needs families do, that migration towards better services is the only way to improve the quality of our children's lives.
Starting over sucks. There is no other way to put this. Moving with a neurodivergent young man is
|Art Deco Styled Community Center, Greenbelt|
|Sign for New Deal Cafe, Greenbelt, MD|
I am taking each day as it comes. We are having a quiet holiday weekend with a convalescent Mu. The new home and neighborhood are lovely. Mu is transitioning well. We are working our way back to routines and the comforting patterns of everyday living. The sadness of leaving a place I thought we would surely retire in will, in time, dissipate. Our family has become another data bit in the statistic of migrating families trying to make life better for their disabled children. Wish us luck.
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