It is the afternoon on the day before we leave for our new life in San Diego.
The car is packed and the suitcases by the door.
And on the balcony, planter pots lie empty waiting to be filled again.
There are no recipes to share today, my friends, just a few things to share.
Seattle and the area around it has been my home for the last 10 years. And during those 10 years, I was lucky enough to make a few very great friends.
And lots of very good ones too.
A very loud, very great rock band was formed and in those six years in it, I got to stand on stage with my big brother by my side. I know how lucky I am.
Later, this small apartment — with an even smaller kitchen — became Christopher and I’s home for the last year and seven months.
It was the birthplace to a humble little blog called Small Kitchen Chronicles.
And the home to a lot of love between two people who started a family of two together last year ago in March.
It’s an apartment that has housed a lot of laughter within its walls and a warm, safe haven for when growing as a person was painful.
I have loved this place at times and loved it not a great deal too and yet it is an indelible part of what will become my past very soon.
And on the eve of this new chapter of my life that has yet to be written, I find myself more than a little bit sad yet a whole lot grateful.
Grateful for the last 10 years and all that it contained.
Grateful for all that I have gained and all that I have lost.
Grateful for all that I wanted so much during that time but didn’t get and grateful for all that I received in its place.
(Which by the way was more wonderful than anything I ever possibly imagined for myself).
And my time here has made me realize that what matters most is not whether you actually get what you are striving for but all that you are gifted with instead.
And though it’ll soon be time to say goodbye to this place and allow it to become part of my past, I’d much rather say see you later because I know that I can always visit again — if not in-person, but in-memory — whenever I wish. And you don’t need a round-trip ticket for that.
And I’d much rather say hello too. Hello to a new adventure. Hello to a brand new life with all its yet unknown wonders waiting for me just around the bend.
Announcement: As we are on our way to San Diego, Small Kitchen Chronicles and yours truly will be on hiatus through the end of July. As such, I will get back to all your lovely comments as soon as we are all moved in and settled. ‘Til then, be well and thanks so much for your continued support, everyone. See you all in San Diego!