Moved back Home

Back in 2012 when the topic of moving out of the city, our home – a place that both K and I were extremely fond of – came about, the decision was kind of already made for us. There were several factors to consider, both positive and negative, but out of all those the main reason to leave was the visa situation. K’s job was moving and there was no way he could elect to stay back. Had he done that, he would’ve lost his job and by inference his work visa. So, like I said, the outcome was pretty clear even before we could sit down and discuss in length – we had to move.

And move we did.

We welcomed the new phase of life with open hearts, albeit a little reluctant in the beginning. We had our close friends just a stone’s throw away. We spent countless days and nights with them sharing meals, playing board games, discussing all sorts of topics under the sun, traveling together – all that fun stuff. We bought a home big enough to host a dozen people; so we sponsored visas, invited our family from India and had a blast when during their visit. We celebrated Holi and Diwali one of the years with a large gathering of friends.

All in all, things were going fine, but there was always that nagging feeling somewhere hiding deep in the shadows of our minds about how everything could be even better. And every now and then we kept revisiting the idea of someday returning to the one place where both of us felt at Home. Visa situation had changed, and slowly, but surely, the light at the end of the tunnel got brighter and brighter.

Late in 2014, K came home one evening with the news that there might a prospect of moving to a new position within the company and it would require transferring to exactly where we wanted to be. Without any second thoughts both of us agreed that it would be a great break. He liked the new job role, and both of us fancied what it brought with it in terms of relocation. He pursued it rigorously while we waited patiently for it to finally take shape.

We spent hours together deliberating whether it made sense to leave behind all that we’d built together in the past three years. We wrote down pros and cons, debating whether one evidently won over the other. The key point that made us sway from side to side was the enormous financial hit that we had to take with the move (the cost of living being the main culprit; it would be much higher here, but neither of us would got any sort of increment to compensate for that. Bummer, huh?). In the end, though, all things considered, we unequivocally decided that we had to do what our hearts desired without bringing money into the equation. Money might come and go, but opportunity like this might not knock on our doors again. Hence, the fact that we would both be immensely happier in every which way if we shifted made our decision for us.

Consequently, almost a year later, in October of 2015, we found ourselves back in Boston. And there has been looking back ever since.

This city has always been (and will forever be) Home to me. And now that I’m back here, I have a feeling I’m going to embrace it closer to my heart than ever, never wanting to even consider the thought of moving elsewhere.

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  1. #1 by popgoesthebiscuit on February 14, 2016 - 2:48 am

    So happy that you are back where you are happy. We have moved so much to for the exact reasons you have mentioned and there is this one city for me too that is always home.So can totally understand

    😊

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  2. #2 by Comfy on February 15, 2016 - 2:56 am

    Yay! You are back to your city. I remember the time you were moving and how you missed Boston. Happy happy for you 🙂

    yay indeed!

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  3. #3 by SA on February 18, 2016 - 1:50 pm

    I read a few posts and I really like the way you write 🙂
    And moving back to your city must be a nice feeling? I have been living a pretty nomadic life and have finally found roots (Maybe, too early to say) in NJ. Lets see where it goes.

    Welcome and thank you.

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  4. #4 by Kavs on February 23, 2016 - 4:43 pm

    Yay!! Welcome back 🙂 I love Boston and now that my little girl has a distinct Bostonian accent, I like the city even better.
    Btw I remember reading your old posts about seeing an elderly Indian lady soliciting clients for henna outside an Indian store – I have seen her so many times. How small is this world?

    Nice to meet a fellow Boston lover.

    Wow your little one has Boston accent? That must be the sweetest 😊

    And your memory is amazing. You remember that small detail from an old post? Nice! Yeah small world indeed.

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