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Table Talk: Biggest Surprise Living Here?

This is a new blog. It is a weekly conversation between the readers and the writer.

Welcome to “Table Talk.” 

“Table Talk” is supposed to conjure up a picture in your mind of us sitting around the table, sipping tea or coffee, and discussing topics that matter to us. Of course, we are snacking on a delicious dessert, without gaining an ounce.

Let me tell you a little bit about myself. We moved to Chester five years ago from Connecticut. My husband’s job was responsible for our move to this area. While living in Connecticut, I taught tennis to friends’ children and worked in fundraising. We have three children: a 23-year-old daughter who lives in NYC, a 20-year-old daughter who attends college and a 14-year-old son in middle school. Most of the time, I find it insane raising children with a nine-year age span.

The move to Chester was hard for me. I am not good at transitions. We had lived in Connecticut for 15 years. We moved in when my oldest daughter was a four-year-old preschooler and we left right after her high school graduation. We had been happy and comfortable in Connecticut, and now we were off on an adventure to the unknown.  

This leads me to my first Table Talk Topic:

What surprised me the most upon moving into Chester?

My Top 3 surprises were:

  1. Finding out how long it takes to get to Mendham High School for the morning bell. It does not take 12-15 minutes, which is the time it took when it wasn’t rush hour, when we did a trial run the day before. It takes up to 30 min. in bumper-to-bumper traffic.
  2. Once living here we Googled: Trader Joes, Weans, and Whole foods to see where they are located. Lets just say, I dream about having more convenient food shopping choices.
  3. The last surprise was a really pleasant one. We have the nicest neighbors. We have had fun social events and I have really enjoyed getting to know them.

So, please send your thoughts to me. The subjects can range from town and traffic issues, to relationship or raising children challenges, to anything you want discussed. 

Living in this area gives us all a common bond.

You can comment on the things that surprised you most upon your move to this area or what surprises you even now, after having lived here for awhile. 

I am really looking forward to discussing your ideas in my next “Table Talk.” Send questions and comments to patchtabletalk@gmail.com

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alison blair December 19, 2012 at 11:30 PM
I also have kids with quite a few years between them. What local family activities could you recommend that would be appropriate for my 9-, 13-, and 17- year- old kids?
La Quin December 29, 2012 at 01:17 PM
LOL As a Long Valley'ite I can tell you you have it EASY! We have to go PAST Chester to get to everything! Pumpkin season.. that's all I'm saying... Definite surprise!

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