My favorite store, REI, is not far from our neighborhood but I hardly ever go. Everything about REI screams the Pacific NW and it makes me instantly homesick to go inside.
A couple days ago I was running errands nearby when I remembered that I really needed a new headlamp for my early morning runs. I walked in and was suddenly submersed in NW outdoors deliciousness. And somewhere between the inflatable canoes and energy bars I started sobbing uncontrollably. It wasn't homesickness though. I was going home. In the middle REI, it had finally sunk in. Ed got a job and we are coming home!
We have known that this job was probably going to happen for a few weeks, but between the madness of daily living and my fear that it would fall through, I never let myself feel it. But wandering the aisles of gortex and fleece released all of the joy and relief of finally realizing this goal.
Oh there is much left to figure out - Will anyone buy our NoVA townhouse? Where will we live and where will the boys go to school? Noe's therapies.....we have been so incredibly blessed with autism therapists here, and we love his school.... what will happen in Seattle? And my job. I love my job. I told Ed he had to find the first job because I had more marketable skills than he did (half-jokingly...in reality...neither of us have marketable skills). Now I have to find a job! Stress, let me tell ya.
But for that tiny moment of time life was beautiful and perfect and our future was exactly where we wanted it to be.
I guess this is an official announcement.
Seattle - Early Spring 2013