12/19/2012 9:16 PM
My little family has one night left in our student housing apartment. I can't believe it's time to leave. It's surreal. I knew the business school experience would pass in a crazy blur but now that it's time to leave campus it seems unbelievable. When we arrived nineteen months ago our toddlers were barely exiting babyhood. Now they're running all over the place telling everyone everything. Cornell is the only home they know. I'm ready for an adventure but anxious about our departure.
Kanon and I are psyched about London. We've got a few trips planned while we're in Europe including Paris and Belgium. We know the kids will love riding on trains, buses, and visiting new places but it doesn't stop me from worrying. Will we stay sane during an international flight with two toddlers? We'll be in even closer quarters in our London apartment. Are we going to lose our minds?
I know worrying is pointless but I can't help myself. It's how I occupy my time. I'd say it's a mom thing but I've been like this since I was a kid. I worried constantly about everything including but not limited to: the fiery end days like in that Soundgarden video
, Ice Cube stealing my mom's car stereo (I shouldn't have been listening to that CD at such a young age), and tsunamis. Why stop now? I'm good
Besides the fruitless worrying things are amazing. The house is nearly empty. Packing up was mostly a breeze. We're preparing to spend Christmas with Kanon's family in North Country, New York. North Country is fancy talk for one of the coldest places on earth. Thankfully it's also beautiful. We usually visit Lake Placid, New York, Montreal, Quebec, and Burlington, Vermont when we're in the are. It'll be nice to see family and pop in on our old neighborhood while we're in Vermont.
We'll miss it here. We've made friends and established routines. Today we attended our last panda bear play group. The kids had a fabulous time. They made a string of jingle bells that they shake nonstop while singing Christmas carols loudly. We'll be back in May for graduation week so that helps make this transition a bit easier for everyone. We don't have to say "goodbye" just "see you later".
It's great having Kanon around. He's tall so I spend a lot less time climbing atop of counters trying to reach shelves, slipping, falling, and crashing down into the sink. We're doing the usual stuff like visiting Chuck E. Cheese, taking the kids to the movies, and kicking it. The last semester was crazy (of course) so it feels wonderful to slow down and do ordinary family thing together.
Veronica Armstrong is a photographer, blogger, and freelance writer whose stories spring from the cinderblock walls of her married graduate student apartment. You can find her on Google+ or see more of her writing and photography on her blog.