Chaz is officially retired. Today begins our longest chapter. I am nervous and excited!! We have graduated and it is time to move forward. We leave our cute little apartment in MD this afternoon. Tomorrow we will pull into our driveway for good.
This feels so much like high school and college graduation. We've worked hard and learned a lot and now it it time to take those lessons with us. It is time to share our knowledge with the world. It is time to go and rock it out in a new way!
Everyone keeps saying I'll miss this place (referring to Bethesda). No, I'll miss the people. I'll miss their smiling faces. I'll miss driving by the Capitol on a regular basis. I'll miss the Smithsonians and landmarks. I'll miss little things like having groceries delivered. However, I will not miss the lack of parking, the horns honking, the rude people and things like that.
Here's why I am really not crying today. I'll be back. Yellow Ribbon Fund asked me to stay on and words cannot express how excited I am about that. I know I am not finished here and evidently God thought so too. He presented me with an opportunity that I just couldn't pass on. My hubby even said I couldn't pass on it. So I agreed to stay on and I'll be back in DC, on a quarterly basis at a minimum. I have many great projects going on with YRF and I really want to see them through and YRF wants me to see them through too.
I am excited that I will still stay connected with this network. I am excited that I am still going to be able to help. But today I am most excited about taking my little family home so we can really move on with our lives. We're been stuck in the holding position for way too long. It's time for us to move on.
Two years is way too long to live out of a suitcase. I am ready to just have to use a carry-on every once in a while. I am ready to enjoy our home without a time limit on it. I am ready to snuggle with my cat who had to live at my sister's house all this time. I am ready to take our dog for walks again. I am ready to sit on my front porch in my rocking chairs and gossip with the neighbors while drinking our sweet tea. I am ready to park my car in our garage rather that driving around a three story garage looking for a spot. I am ready for the new normal!
My excitement for all the little things that I have waited too long for prevents me from crying. I will miss so many people. I will miss our random long chats in places. I will miss our venting on the rooftop. I'll miss our nights out and away, but I know we'll have them again. So friends if you are crying for us today, I hope you are crying because you are so excited for us you just cannot contain it.