Five and a half years ago my husband promised we had moved our last time, but I somehow knew we were not finished yet and now we are on the cusp of a great new adventure to the West. I feel like an American pioneer back in the early 1800s. They packed up all their belongings and traveled across the country in a covered wagon. They were in search of a better life and the chance to pursue their dreams. The promise of what lay ahead was worth any perils which might come their way. So they left their families and friends knowing they may never see them again.
On Friday, we will be packing up our covered wagon, a Dodge Grand Caravan, and driving 2400 miles West to Seattle, Washington. It will be our 8th home state. Like the pioneer families, I'm excited for the adventures our Westward journey will bring, but the thrill is mellowed by the people I'm leaving behind.
In only 5 years I've become far too attached to the new friends and students who surround me here in Ohio. They made going to work everyday seem more like hanging out with my best buddies.
My students hold a special place in my heart. In the years I have worked with them, they have grown as skaters but more importantly as people and I hope I influenced them for the better. I'm honored that I was able to direct them through lessons of dedication, hard work, and overcoming failure which they can use the rest of their lives. I've watched them grow up and now I must say "good bye". I realize this sounds a little overly dramatic in a era when everyone is only a Skype call, Facebook notification, or plane flight away but the point is after seeing them almost every day for 5 years, I will miss being in their presence.
I know they will continue to grow and thrive after I leave and I will meet wonderful new friends and students in Seattle who could never replace my Ohio family but only create a new space in my heart. I dream of the day when my husband wants to stay in one place, but until then I am content meeting more best buddies around the country.
It also makes it easier having all of you blogger best buddies no matter where I live! Thanks for all the great support and all the new followers!