I keep running into people in real life I haven't seen in a week or so because they've been on vacation and whatnot who stop me and exclaim, "You cut your hair!"
It's true. I chopped a bunch off. Like enough to donate for making a wig for a long haired spaniel (or a kid going through chemotherapy...whatevs). I didn't consult any one really. I just did it because it needed to be done and as a grown-ass woman I didn't need to consult anyone. I like the cut and when it's behaving I find myself rather cute. And when it's not behaving, I look like Velma from Scooby Doo. But whatevs.
Anyway, running into people who haven't seen me and weren't expecting the change reminds me that I've neglected sharing other news.
- I'm going to be an aunt! Tempest Mermaid and TOWTP are expecting late this summer. When I was teaching, I used to joke that I didn't have baby fever but I had niece/nephew fever. Well, it's happening. Smallgood Co-worker brought her nieceling to the office last week, and it made me fall in absolute love with aunthood. I can't wait until my niece isn't a baby but a full on little girl that I can take to the park or make s'mores with.
- Bigbad found work! He found two part time positions from two different institutions in the same town. I'm tremendously proud of him (and envious of how simple the job hunting process was for him-- send email, interview, accept offer). I don't want to jinx anything, but we may be moving nearer to his work.
- My sister is moving to Utah.
And that leads me to the rest of his long post...
My mom used to tell me to be nice to my little sister-- that one day she [Marmie] would be gone and I'd only have my sister left. So many people would tell me during a sibling spat with Punky Brewster that when we were older, we'd be good friends.
I'm not proud to say that our relationship didn't change much. Oh sure, our interactions have certainly cooled from the hostility of our teenage years, but we are not best buds. Despite having grown up in the same home and sharing DNA, it is clear we are clashing hues of the same color.
We have personalities and interests that seldom overlap. We are competitive over all the wrong issues, and we argue the same side with divergent language.
I cannot testify to the normalcy of the relationship. She is my only sibling. But I suspect we aren't unusual in how we "get along." And while I doubt very much we will ever be besties, I love her. And I'm proud of her (even if she makes illogical choices-- ;) kidding).
She's leaving for Salt Lake City. So many weeks leading up to this move, I felt denial. The idea of her moving to Utah was about as easy to grasp as her falling victim to the minimizing powers of the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids' machine. I felt hurt, I felt lonely. I felt many things. And I felt that I neglected to say it with courtesy or with care.
But I was also joining everyone in feeling this was 100% the right thing.
|photo by Roy Montgomery via Flickr CC|
So she'll be traveling through states I've never been and can only imagine from photographic inspiration. She'll be in a different timezone (which sounds so foreign to this girl who lives just a few miles from the hospital she was born). She's got some promising leads for a job in a field she's passionate about, and it sounds like there's good potential.
I'll miss her. And who knows? Maybe we'll get closer with 2,000 miles between us.
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