The best part of moving across the country is all the goodbye events. It’s been so much fun, I’ve been joking to others that they should plan cross-country moves just for the outpouring of love.

I said “events,” but I am having two big-ish events. One with co-workers was tonight. One with other friends tomorrow night. Otherwise I’ve tried to plan one-on-one outings with people I wanted to say goodbye to. It’s obviously more time-consuming that way, but it has meant so much to me.

I remember being at my grandfather’s funeral back in 2000. I learned things about a man I knew my entire life, but never knew. I still think about sitting in that church, realizing that it took him dying to learn those things. Well, no one’s dying now, but I feel the same way. It’s sad that it takes moving across the country to get this quality time in. I’m also discovering how truly amazing the people in my life are. I know I’ve said it here before, but I am so inspired by my friends. Some of us have been friends since college. Others I hardly had a chance to know. But you all bring your own histories and qualities. And you all bring out something special in me, and I’m forever grateful to you. I’m proud to be the average of all of you.

One of my favorite quotes is from AA Milne: “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”

You make it so darn hard to say goodbye to Seattle. But I’ll be back! (At least I think I will.)

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