Friday, April 27, 2012
Empty nest? Not this year!
So, back home he reluctantly came, along with a huge chip on his shoulder. I understood that chip. Once I left home for college, I would have been devastated to live with my parents again. But Conyers was becoming a total hell-hole. Crime seemed much more rampant than when we moved there in 1989. I have likened the change in Conyers with a scene in the movie, "It's a wonderful life", where the character, George Bailey wishes he had never been born. Clarence, his guardian angel, grants his wish and George runs away and ends up back to town. Everything is different. Bedford Falls was now Pottersville and the contrast was stark. Bedford Falls was a sweet, little, sleepy town that could be the model for a picture by Currier & Ives or Thomas Kinkade. Everyone smiling, conversing with one another as they walked down the street or shopped People being helpful and caring about each other, living the Golden Rule, so to speak. In contrast, Pottersville was brash with neon lights everywhere, loud music, drunken men and slutty women in bars that lined the main street. Unfriendly, angry people were snapping at each other like wolves fighting over a kill. Total unrest in the streets, shops and homes. People merely surviving life, not living it. That's Conyers today. Something like survival after the apocalypse like in Mad Max. Okay, maybe not quite that bad, but close enough. And I wanted my child out of there!