Dec. 21, 2006 will from now on be my personal independence day. Yesterday, I became the proud owner of nothing. The house home now to others, the car steered by a new driver, my address forwarded to my parents. As frighteningly unsure as it sounds, it is liberating. Buoyant even.
I even received a clean bill of health from the doctors and Helen, the difficult armoire, finally came home to the farm. Snug and amongst people and cats again, she is regaining her grand stature. All in all, a gleaming star of a stellar day.
The only blue spots come from parting. Parting with the lush vegetation, live oak trees, and beauty of Tallahassee. My lovely Southern town and the bitter sweet of my life there will be missed. But the people, as usual, made the best impression. So, goodbye to my former teachers, the best ex-bosses ever, a few ghosts and mostly to my friends Nancy, Sarah, and Mark F. Sorry it was not done in person, but it is silly to say “bye” when I will continue to pester you in some form. (And Mark, I think I still owe you a dessert.)
Hopefully my giddy current continues to Florence where it will carry me to other facets, people, ideas, knowledge, and espresso. (And while I’m wishing, a job too.) Have a sparkling holiday season and may 2007 bring some dreams to reality. Love, peace, happiness. I’ll see you on the other side of the pond (again).