In one of my initial conversations with Mom after deciding that I'll be moving back to the States, she asked me what I'll miss about Edmonton. I couldn't answer her because I started to cry. When I recovered a bit, I told her I'd send her an email. The following is what I sent her.
As you guessed, I've definitely already thought about what I'll be leaving behind whenever I move south. Of course, a number of those things - if not all of those things - have shaped what I'm looking for in a new city, whether it's something that I want or something I'm happy to leave behind.
I definitely plan on telling people that I'm moving once it's certain. I'll tell my former coworkers that I've kept in touch with: Lizzy, Gale, & Heather. I'll tell my knitting ladies. I'll tell XM since I feel like he should know. Other than that, I don't know who else would care or need to know, in terms of personal contacts.
You know, when I first kind of decided that this would be a good time to move back, I was getting really excited about the thought of it. But when I thought about not being able to go to the mountains anymore, it literally stopped me in my tracks and I started to cry. Every single time I think about it since then, I cry a little, as you heard on the phone. It's kind of funny, really, considering that I'm not really there that
often. Last year, I only went once - with you. Even the year I went more than usual, for my own trips, I still only went three times. Maybe I'm just sad that I won't have "easy access" to it all any more.
So, if you haven't already guessed, I do plan to make one more trip out there, at some point. Not right away, since I'd at least want to wait for warmer weather, but sometime. Kind of a chance to soak it all in one more time and say good-bye. I mean, it's not like I can't ever go back, but who knows when I'd be able to?
There's really not a ton of things or even people that I'm going to miss once I leave here. Which I guess makes it easier, really.
Labels: Mom, Moving