I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since my last post. I’ve kept up with you all via email, but I’ve not been compelled to write until now. My life has been a whirlwind of change, color, love, loss and growth in the past ten months.
I’m in a beautiful, loving relationship with the man I plan to marry this year. We graduated from high school together 30 years ago and were friends all of this time. He always wanted more, but neither of us knew that until last year. One day we were watching football having a beer and the next day we were kissing until our toes curled. It’s very easy to fall in love with one of your closest friends, but you learn things so intimately about a person you thought you knew so well that it blows your mind. We both know that we couldn’t have been together this way before now. We had to heal, learn and grow into the two people we are today.
I’ve had one child fly the coop. He’s now a proud Airman 1st Class in the USAF. I’ve watched my son go from a boy to a man since last August. I couldn’t be prouder of his choice to serve our country in Security Forces to uphold the law for the next six years.
My daughter is now a teenager. Anyone who says that 13 isn’t different from 12 is a goddamned liar. I find myself listening to her from the inside out, knowing that I said EXACTLY the same things to my mother 35 years ago. It is terrifying.
I come back to you all a happier, healthier (by 20 pounds!) more hopeful me.