It wasn't as difficult a transition as I had thought because the town was full of really good, decent people who made us feel at home. It was just so different from Springfield.
While we were in LaRussell at the reunion, we went to visit Mr. Graff. He's lived in the same house on the same farm for all of his 92 years. He led the music at our little church and has always been held in the highest regard. We had such a good visit. When we left his house, the moon was up and full over his barn.
It's so strange how you take for granted little changes in your life. That move totally changed the direction of my life. I can look back at it now and realize how lucky I was that we moved there. I'm certain that the most important effect it had on me are the people from there who are still such a big part of my life.
It was good to go back and see people I hadn't seen for ages. It was also good to have them tell me that they remembered me and my family and that we were valued in that community. What more could you want.