Leaving a community, city, state that I have been apart of for nearly 13 years has been had to think about. Thus I have not thought about it. Sure I put my house together, listed it with an agent, accepted an offer, scheduled movers, and are making the small repairs the inspection identified. However I have done all of this and continue to do all this on auto pilot.
If I think too much about what I am leaving behind I become overwhelmed and begin ransacking the house for some form of chocolate. Even when friends or family ask me how everything is going I answer the questions as if I was an automated phone menu – “For Questions about our offer press 1, For questions about the pending house in Cali press 2, For questions about moving household goods press 3, For my feelings – operator is unavailable.”
The week before last I had to say Goodbye to a good friend. He has been a trusted alli the last three years while I volunteered with the JDRF Kids Walk To Cure Diabetes. He has helped to educate elementary school students in countless schools and always loved it when the kids would sing his theme song when I introduced him. He is back with the people who shared him with me and I’m sure his days of presentations is not over. I hope my days are not over either – I hope the San Francisco JDRF chapter has a Kids Walk program and they will find a place within it for me. Presenting Kids Walk has been a real treat for me these last few years. Goodbye Pink and thank you JDRF Austin for allowing me to be part of a future cure for diabetes.
Saying goodbye to Pink and the JDRF office was hard and resulted in a teary drive home. Saying goodbye to friends that have been with me for over a decade will be worse. This Friday one of my BFFs is helping me host my last BUNCO party in Texas. It will be at my house as usual but I couldn’t bring myself to send out the Evite so she agreed to do it for me. She didn’t copy me on it. It was too much for me to think about – seeing the RSVPs come in would cause a chocolate shortage in my area. My BUNCO (dice game that requires no skill – thus can be played while consuming adult beverages) parties have always been themed – I normally would host about 4 a year and invite just about anyone – the more the merrier – plus more cash in the pot. This party is Themed too “If You’re Going To San Francisco” – Not sure if my friends will show up with flowers in their hair or as a transgender. Either way is good. The guest list is a bit more exclusive – just 30 or so of my closest friends. The ones I have known and loved for years. I am gonna be a wreck – although it will likely be the one of the few times since hubby left to work in CA that I’ll put on make-up and do something other than toss my hair in a clip.