When we moved to Kingman we had a vision of what life we were starting over. New town, new friends, new schools, new church, a chance to start fresh. Some people ended in Kingman by accident, because of love found on the internet, or to escape the crime and rat race of big city life.
Before I moved to Kingman I lived in Orange County, California. My son was going to be entering Kindergarten and when I attended a parent orientation I found that not one parent or child spoke English. I got a notice that my lease expired in 6 months and my space rent would go up to $825, so I began looking for a place where I could eventually own the dirt and call the land my own, and where people spoke English.
I took several factors into consideration. Things such as the proximity to Laughlin (grandma goes there four times a year), that it was only a four hour drive my husband could easily make, figuring he’d drive three hours to go fishing he’d drive four to see us. I was looking for a more simple life.
I made a couple visits to Kingman .
I found a Realtor named Jeannie Parker. She showed me a lot of homes but there were only so many houses you can look at in a weekend. By the end of my second visit the homes looked the same. She took me around downtown and along Stockton Hill so I had realistic expectations as to what I was getting my family into. The people of Kingman I met during my two weekend visits here were kind and helpful, so I made up my mind that this is a town I wanted my family to live in. Finally, she talked me into the place I’m living in now. It took me a couple years before I realized what a blessing she was. She kept us away from the area's the drug dealers live and off streets where convicted sex offenders live.
I have good neighbors. We all know each other and look out for each other. The school my son attends to has a dedicated principal and vice-principal. All the teachers he’s had over the last five years have been among the very best. Throughout my year's here my daughter and son have been involved in bowling. and soccer. The only time I heard that there was nothing to do in Kingman was during my daughter's high school years.
When we moved to Kingman we compromised the luxuries of life of not having a Target, Marie Calendars, Wienerschnitzel, Olive Garden, Sizzler, Red Lobster, Michaels, and we can't forget "the Mall."
With the arrival of a Super Wal-Mart, a Home Depot, Chili's, Petco and Big5 we jumped with joy and excitement. Business's have come and gone, some more quietly that others. Businesses like Arizona Furniture, Cappello's and Dairy Queen closed their doors. While others like the movies and Blockbuster lost their lease due to prime location on Stockton Hill. They simply couldn't pay the escalating prices.
We have been blessed by the re-opening of the movies. Its new owner has a big heart to do what he did for Kingman. The prices are higher but no one is complaining. We're no longer having to drive to Laughlin to see a movie, to "be in the know."
Our children are ecstatic that they no longer have to wait until the movie comes out on DVD. Parents finally have time to themselves to be people, instead of mom and dad. That one and one-half hour to two hour alone time is a precious commodity.
H.R. said it quite appropriately -- Kingman is a little flower, waiting to bloom.
My vision for Kingman is to make it a safe place for our kids, our family and friends, to see change in a positive way, and for kids of all ages to have activities to do out side of sports, bowling and the movies.
What was your vision of Kingman when you moved here and what vision do you have for its future? Please post your comments below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.