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stephaniev
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I am so sad lately,I had to leave STX a couple months ago. Family obligations were, and still are, the forefront of my life right now. My issue though is that all I can think about is the island! I want to come back so bad. Anyone got a coping technique?
-----Missing the island!!

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Topic starter Posted : December 22, 2008 3:47 am
islandtyme
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We used pics of the island as screen savers & as wall paper on our computer.
Went ALOT to gotostcroix.com and looked at the webcam over C'sted harbor.
I have a picture of my hub standing on our lot w/a topo map taken the day we closed & it still sits by me bedside (even now I'm here) so it's the 1st thing I see in the AM & the last I see before dreaming.
And this board helps too! You hear all the stories & vents we all have, and it's like you never left...........:P
Take care of your family, they need you! You can always come back, but you only get ONE chance with your loved ones in this life, so be together & cherrish it! For you are making their life a paradise by being "there".

Oh yeah, I'd wear me flip flops, even with socks..............so hard getting back into closed toed shoes!

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Posted : December 22, 2008 11:22 am
Exit Zero
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I have been told you can listen to most of the VI radio stations on your computer - not sure if it would help you cope or miss it more?

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Posted : December 22, 2008 12:17 pm
Novanut
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I've been trying to return to the islands for several years but haven't been able to find work or save up enough to survive while looking. Next year I'm going to learn web design and add that to my tool chest along with video and audio production. Hopefully there will be a market for that service here, and there as well.(tu)

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Posted : December 22, 2008 12:33 pm
dougtamjj
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I know how you feel. I have been in the states since Oct 2nd. Yesterday I looked at the rum runners web cam and JJ told me to turn it off because it made him sad.

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Posted : December 22, 2008 12:46 pm
stephaniev
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it was so hard to leave,I was so afraid that if/when I left I would never make it back. I was so afraid that "states" life would surpass my need to return. Sometimes I cry,sometimes I smile,mostly I'm sad,melencholy. My husband is shooting for next Oct. if we save enough $$.

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Topic starter Posted : December 22, 2008 3:57 pm
stephaniev
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oh yeah,...I HATE THE SNOW!!!

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Topic starter Posted : December 22, 2008 9:04 pm
jewelygirl
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Well I know how you feel. It's 17 degrees this morning in the metropolitan Washington, DC. Frigid. But I'll be on STX in February and I can't wait. It's very difficult when you leave, at least it is for me.

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Posted : December 23, 2008 1:43 pm
la chat
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Istephaniev

t's very difficult leaving the islands.....I left St. Croix 12 years ago and settled in New York ever since.....I've missed home (STX) soo bad that I go back every year.......I've always prayed to get a decent job so as to return........God gave be the next best thing and an offer came in from St. Thomas......I will be moving next week.......I really hope you get to come back island life is just so much better!!!!!!!!!! I will remember you if it ever crosses my mind to return to NY.

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Posted : December 24, 2008 5:55 pm
stephaniev
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thanks for the sympathy,it's good to have support from people who really know. Everyone here is just like..oh poor you. I havent been to STT is it comparable? my husband has said when we go back he has a contact for work on STT he's a construction management guy. Good to talk ,later.

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Topic starter Posted : December 25, 2008 2:01 am
stephaniev
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so, another reason I want to come back. Christmas eve,we got a blizzard that lasted all the next day,I walked out on to my back deck and the snow was up past my knees! We could see it piled up at the sliding door. Brrr....

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Topic starter Posted : December 27, 2008 4:20 pm
Sabrina
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stephaniev, don't spend too much of your life wishing to be somewhere you are not. I mean that very sincerely, as I have done that myself. As a child I was forced to move because of my Father's job. New country, school, friends etc, and I always wasted a good amount of time missing what I had left behind. Eventually I always got to like the place I had moved to, and yes, miss it the next time I had to move! This happened to me again as an adult. I had to leave an island that I loved because they were no longer renewing work permits for ex-pats in my profession. I moved to the USA (Miami), and I can honestly tell you I hated it at first. Except for the fact that the weather was okay and the shopping awesome, there really wasn't anything else I liked. I was very unhappy for a while, trying to find a way to move back to the islands etc. Anyway, to cut a long story short, I have now spent as much of my life here as I have in any other country (including "home"), have adapted to the life, and made some really wonderful friends. There are good things here that I haven't found anywhere else in the world - for me it is the amazing variety of people and cultures. What I'm trying to say is look for the good wherever you are, and enjoy it. Nowhere is perfect. One day you might be missing that snow.

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Posted : December 27, 2008 5:09 pm
roadrunner
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Although I can absolutely empathize with missing the islands, maybe this will help. Here in Phoenix, people drive 2 hours up to Flagstaff to play in the snow. It's hard to let a winter go by without at least a few hours in the snow. People take their kids up there so they can see what it looks and feels like... and the kids are always surprised to find that snow is cold! Enjoy the snow while you have it. I certainly don't miss winter most of the time, but it would be nice to have a little snow for the holidays. Also, think of the miserable days spent shoveling snow off your car as something to make you relax and enjoy the islands that much more when you do get to come back but find yourself upset about something island-related.

(Also, when it rains here, which is infrequent, kids flock to the windows of their classrooms to watch. What's "exotic" depends on what's "normal!")

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Posted : December 27, 2008 7:29 pm
stephaniev
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Thankyou for the heart-felt advice. Here in Idaho is "home" it's what we call home base born here traveled,always end up here-it's familiar. I have Physical ailments that are exacerbated by the cold weather,so that always plays a factor. thankyou.

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Topic starter Posted : December 27, 2008 8:11 pm
Exit Zero
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Our children born and raised in the VI moved to the Rockies so they can ski !?!? Not that they don't love coming home for visits during the winter.

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Posted : December 27, 2008 8:43 pm
stephaniev
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Here will always be home,but to each his own. I always want to go somewhere!

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Topic starter Posted : December 28, 2008 12:22 am
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