Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow!
Today was our last FULL day in Utah. This has been a whirlwind of a month. May has both blown by and felt like it dragged on. We have spent some great nights with family and friends laughing, talking, and saying goodbye.
May is busy as it is without adding moving into the mix. Instead, it seems we figured – “Gads! Why not just add a giant move to the month? Sounds neat.“ Seriously though, it sort of helped that May has been so busy. It has helped to not focus on the sad parts of moving.
Final Countdown Stay-cation
As we have accumulated several gift cards over the past several months (get teachers gift cards – they are a GOOD thing!), the boys and I have had a great time using those as we have celebrated our last week here in Utah. It has been fun to say “farewell Utah!”
Things I’ll Miss
I have lived in Utah my ENTIRE life. Although I have always wanted to try out new places the timing has never been right. There are many things that I love about Utah and many things I will miss.
I will miss my house of the last 14 years where I was a wife for the first time and a mother for the first time. I will miss being able to drive by the homes where I grew up in, or the homes of friends who have long-since moved and tell my boys about the fond memories we had there. I will miss knowing all the fun parks for “park tour.” I will miss the summer celebrations all across Utah County. I will NOT miss snow and cold. I will miss being a part of Utah Community Theater – where I have made life-long friends. I will miss teaching voice lessons. I will miss seeing my husband at work – creating. I will miss friends who make me laugh, cry, and support me. I will miss having my family (both my own and the one I married into) 15 minutes or less away. I will miss having my kids go to an elementary school that bears their last name. I will miss having a plethora of stores and restaurants. I will miss the mountains.
St. Croix Learning
Having never been to St. Croix (yes…you read that right…I have NEVER been there) I’m not really sure what to expect or what I will find there. I do know I have A LOT of learning that I will get to do. Things I will get to learn and experience:
– Driving on the left-side of the road in a standard (driver on the left) American car.
– Getting a Virgin Islands Driver’s License
– Living with cistern water
– Having a septic tank
– Having a PO Box
– Living on an island
– Being a minority
– Living in a U.S. Territory
– Relying on strangers
– Tropical bugs
– Tropical weather
– Tropical gardening
– New Banking
– New School System
– New JOB
– Receiving a container of household goods that has traveled more than 3,000 miles
There are many more things I’ll get to learn. I’m excited to share them here. Stay tuned!
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”Mark Twain
This quote captured some of my feelings about this adventure and really resonated with me. I don’t need to “vegetate” in one little corner of the earth all of my lifetime. That is not to say that I haven’t enjoyed my time here. Far from it! It has created who I am! We are SO excited for this new adventure and how it will add to who we are and who we can/will become. We are grateful for the prayers, positive energy, thoughts and outpouring of support that we have received.
What adventure would you take if there
were nothing holding you back?