July 01, 2006


So I'm home and I'm 40 now. Had a wonderful birthday party at The Shed in Ocean Springs, MS which was also a See Ya Later party, since I was leaving a few days later.

I wish I had all the words to describe how hard it was to walk out of the office for the last time. I'd worked to exhaustion some days. I'd made some amazing friends. I'd laughed and cried when my co-workers pressed many, many dollars into my hands so that I could go buy children's books for the library. I laughed every single day at work. I don't know many people that can say that.

I stopped into my office yesterday. Everyone was happy to see me, and likewise, I was glad to be back. The only nasty surprise on my desk was the fact that someone had used my mouse with sticky fingers and the roller wheel was gunky. I wiped it clean and was glad that was the only major malfunction after three months.

Coming home is sort of like living in a timewarp. It is weird to think that when I left, all the garden was just beginning to show signs of life, and now things are shooting up and blooming and putting out a ton of veggies. When did that happen? I don't feel like I've been gone for three months, and at the same time it feels like I was gone forever.

Today we're hosting a combination Welcome Home/Happy Birthday BBQ for me. I've been cooking and cleaning all morning and have just now sat down to take a quick break before our home is invaded with friends and family. I can't wait to see everyone and just sit and visit.

I don't FEEL 40. Can I still pretend I'm 12?

Posted by rowEn at 11:19 AM