Thursday, November 13, 2008

The beginning of the end of an era

Today is my last day working in Washington. I started my first job here on June 7th, 1998, and despite an ill-conceived 20-month stint in Boston, I've lived and worked here ever since. It doesn't feel like TEN YEARS, and I'm sorry to say that there's still so much about this city that I never got around to exploring. I don't leave permanently for another month, and there are many hugely exciting things happening in the meantime, but I am sad today. I tend to do this at watershed moments...immerse myself in nostalgia that conveniently glosses over what was ass-tastic about any particular place or moment. So that's where I find myself today, thinking back on the 22 year old who started out here and the 32 year old who is leaving. It's not this simple, but if I were to tally:

  • 5 apartments
  • 4 jobs
  • 3 cars
  • 2 serious boyfriends
  • 1 husband, 1 son gained
  • innumerable priceless, irreplaceable friends

San Diego will be amazing in all new, challenging, and unexpected ways, but a part of my heart will always be here in D.C.

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At 18/11/08 23:20 , Blogger Annie said...

girl, tell me about it. i long for my washington home every day and have since i left it. i think the ten formative years i spent there made me a washingtonian 4lyfe. i'm afraid that i'm slowly learning that i don't quite fit anywhere else now. i keep waiting for that feeling to go away, but it just doesn't. i think part of it is not only being a washingtonian, but a virginian. it's a permanent state of being, and i'm not really at home anywhere else. i keep trying, though.

much like you, i arrived in town a green girl of 23 in 1996 and left a wizened and jaded old woman of 34 in 2006. i have DC to thank for raising me up from a child to a woman in many ways. i'm scared to do my own math, so i just keep on keepin' on and do my best to find my way in denver now. i hope you will do the same in san diego and that you will be happy to call it your home. i look forward to spending one last weekend in DC with you next month. i booked my flights tonight. WHOO HOO!!!

i love you.

 
At 1/12/08 13:53 , Blogger HLW said...

I wish I could have taken you out for lunch one last time, while you were around the block. I can't wait to see you in a few weeks!! Who would have guessed two years ago that you would be getting married, moving to California and kissing the East Coast goodbye!

I'm going to miss you! At least you guys will have to come back to MD to visit family. So I better see you then!

Love you!

 
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