Leaving (Not on a Jet Plane)

So how many of you will be humming that song the rest of the day now?

We’re leaving today for Appleton, Wisconsin, where I’ll be living for the next six months. It’s so odd that I have never lived anywhere other than the NYC area my entire life, only to end up living in Wisconsin for months at at time, to teach. It’s surprised me, in a good way.

We do an overnight near Akron, OH, & then another in Kenosha, WI.

I am really looking forward not just to teaching but to being back in Appleton. I really enjoyed my last stay there, & I really loved the area around Lawrence. What is weird is that I remember feeling sad when I left, but pleased to get back to Brooklyn, and now I’m doing all those feelings in reverse: feeling sad to be leaving my much-loved Brooklyn, but excited to be going back. I have decided that I have to figure out a way not to miss things so much, or to be as sad about leaving, and focus more on the going to than the coming from, but then I’ve always been a little bit this way: melancholy & maybe a little sentimental.

Either way, the boys are coming with me, and I’ll be incredibly busy, and that is an excellent combination for me.

By the time you’re reading this, we will have started the long Westward Ho that is the state of Pennsylvania. We’ll end the day just on the other side of Ohio’s state line.

7 Replies to “Leaving (Not on a Jet Plane)”

  1. Save travels, Helen and Betty. One of your fellow faculty members at LU was my roommate in Neenah a few years ago. Haven’t heard from her in a while.

  2. Bon voyage, dear hearts. Transitioning homes like you’re doing is parallel to transitioning identities. You’ve both got successful experience with that, so I’m looking forward to words of wonder and joy from you over the next 6 months. Kiss, kiss.

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