I decided a long time ago I was going to make moves in life, change scenery get out and see the world. OK, well I did make a big move, at least to me, certainly looking at new scenery. And while not quite the world, a new state will have to do.
On Monday, Sept. 7, I along with my clothes, loaded up the truck and moved to Cheraw. Not sure what would be waiting for me besides an empty house, literally, I slowly made my way down the highway to my soon-to-be new home.
I have lived in North Carolina all of my life, mainly in the eastern part, where I was born, but I’ve ventured out a couple of times.
This was my first big move since college. I have lived other places besides my small hometown in eastern North Carolina, but there was always a safety net if I needed it. Back then going to Elon College (now Elon University) was like moving to another part of the world. Four hours away from my mom and dad, sister and brothers. What was I going to do?
Talk about a whole new world — I was moving four hours away from everything: My family, my friends, my comfort zone and starting a new life.
I went against the grain and chose not to attend any of the colleges my friends and fellow classmates were attending. I wouldn’t have the familiar faces and friendships during my time of homesickness.
Besides the fact of the student loan debt accumulated for that lovely Elon education and sense of adventure, I gained so much more as I accepted my new home. I gained lifelong friendships, five of who are still my best friends to this day, and a different view of the world. I don’t regret that decision at all now and I feel the same way about my three-and-a-half-hour move from home.
I had never heard of Cheraw prior to seeing the ad for the job here at The Cheraw Chronicle, but something about it piqued and kept my interest. I keep getting the questions: So, you have family there? Where is it? What in the world made you decide to go there? Isn’t that too far?
My answers: No; all I can tell you is it is right across the state line, I don’t know why and it is a little far.
So I left my job of nine years as a staff writer for another small weekly community paper and the rest is history. This time I left behind my dad, sister, brothers and my close-knit family who have always been somewhere close when and if I needed them. My mom passed away six years ago, so she travels with me in my heart.
I am ready to learn more about the people, places and things in the community and help share your story with others. I love people, I love to hear their ideas and the stories that have shaped them into the people they are today.
Feel free to contact me or stop in to share ideas.
Maria D. Grandy is The Cheraw Chronicle’s staff writer, photographer, community news editor and Jill of all journalistic trades. Reach her at 843-537-5261 and email@example.com.