My son recently graduated from and hit the road for a summer job and college. On his Facebook page he wrote, "Goodbye New Canaan. Stay classy."
Now it's my turn.
After two years as your humble weekly Patch columnist, I'm downsizing and moving closer to the city so I can spend my free time doing something besides riding the train. , but I've had enough of , leaky roofs, smelly bathrooms, and no AC. I'm so over your broken stabilizers that induce motion sickness. I'm fed up with riders who hog 2-3 seats, sighing heavily when you ask them to move.
I'll miss this weekly dialogue with you. I've had great fun sharing my life as a mom and New Canaan newcomer. Hopefully I've made you laugh and made you cry; no doubt I've ticked you off on occasion.
In addition to ranting about Metro North, my columns frequently centered around two of my favorite topics: kids and animals.
I received a ton of fan mail and hate mail after my column appeared, in which I took some neighbors to task for shooting Bambi because she favored their lilacs.
I shared with you the heartbreaking , who was attacked by a coyote. I crusaded to raise awareness of this , which produced a coyote sightings map on Patch and hopefully saved some of our pets. I wrote of . I shared my dog and the .
Another column on the at Talmadge Hill drew considerable reader response, as well as some dirty looks from the workers on the project.
My life as a mom has been an open book, as we've discussed everything from to to why I need a case of .
Along the way we also debated politics, from to tax incentives for .
I'll miss and being a small part of the modernist movement in New Canaan. I'll miss the deer, red-tailed hawks, frogs, squirrels, and wild turkeys (but not the and raccoons). I'll miss the great schools, Waveny Park, and Pinocchio's veggie pizza on Friday nights. I'll miss my whip-smart editor Sheryl Shaker. I'll miss my delightful neighbors who to protect from falling trees. I'll miss hearing from YOU every week.
My kids won't miss living in a fishbowl.
Farewell New Canaan. Stay classy.