Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Another birthday

I'm resisting the urge to apologize for the infrequency of blog posts because I realize that assumes you (reader) like frequent blog posts and that might not be the case so let me just say that I've been running around a bit and not able to post as often as I had planned on.

The weekend was a tiresome yet enjoyable one. After that extremely lovely day at Starved Rock, Christina picked me up and we drove off to Michigan where we spent time with my parents putting things in boxes. That is almost entirely how we spent the whole weekend. It was fantastic to have Christina there because she was helpful, but also because she served as a buffer in a tough situation... although things seemed less tough this time than last.

You know, it is just a house. I realize that and when the house is gone and my parents have moved on it will be a memory, but we were talking about the things that the house represented and I think in its entirety the house is our family. It represents who we are, where we come from, and what my parents worked for... so in leaving it there seems to be some part of us that we're putting to rest. I'm ready for that, but it is pretty intense when I think about it fully.

There are a few things I will miss most though, the first being the space that the home exists in. It is rural and wooded and amazing. Spending time there is special, unique and something so different than what I exist in now so I really treasure it.

Also, there are freaking fresh blueberries down the street.

I mean, how awesome is that? And corn and strawberries and Christmas trees (nevermind that we always used a fake tree)

Anyway, enough. I will miss it and when I saw my dad tear up as I left, I realized how much.

Speaking of homes, I spent the evening last night at my dear friends Ana and Jason's home in the Lincoln Square neighborhood. It is truly a spectacular home that they built together. It took them a year and a half of literally being shut down by the city and having to deal with dreadful neighbors, but I can't tell you how worth it the house was. I honestly can't believe they live there. It is a real testament to their ability to navigate above and beyond what they knew they could do.

Today at work we will be having an all staff birthday which I think is simultaneously silly and awesome. I dressed nicely since it is "our" birthdays and I plan on compiling a mix of happy birthday songs.

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