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Rob's Perspective - Part II

Pennsylvania Ave in Washington D.C.
Washington, D.C.

For me living in an influential city like Washington D.C. was familiar and comfortable and I had everything I needed there. I had my family. I felt safe since it is the Nation's Capital. I knew the streets. I was good. My job was secure and I had good friends.

I never thought I would find myself in Baltimore until I met Arlene. She was an unexpected yet pleasant surprise. Early on while getting to know each other she told me that she suffered with depression. Even though I saw her in pain, with lack of energy and fighting mood swings, she seemed to be managing it to the best of her ability. Her depression has never deterred my love for her.

As we progressed to the point of engagement, we talked about where we would live. Arlene had her parents, two children and all their friends already established in Baltimore. I didn't want to disturb all of that. We talked about it and we decided it would be easier for me to leave D.C. My job wouldn't be an issue, I would just have a very long commute as I worked in Tysons, Va.

Moving to Baltimore took a little getting used to. From the streets to positioning of the street lights, even driving in Baltimore was different.  People in D.C. are busy getting to their destination. After they have warmed up to you, they are very nice. People in Baltimore greet you or "speak" immediately as they enter busses or buildings. I wasn't used to that but I liked it.

Downtown Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD
Baltimore, MD

"another challenge...I didn't know what to do"

I had to adjust to moving to a new city and taking on a step-parent family. But I also had another challenge. We were enjoying our new life. But unfortunately Arlene started to suffer from past trauma from a previous relationship which resurfaced in our present marriage. She didn't know what was happening and neither did I. One moment she was happy and fine and the next moment she was absolutely not okay.

Things were happening so fast, it seemed like it was one thing after another. I didn't know what to do...

⇒Hello Reader, we're curious: Tell us what challenges you faced moving from one place to another in the comments below.

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