Last Mile

I feel like I’ve run a marathon and I’m a mile away from the finish line. I am thoroughly exhausted: physically, psychologically, emotionally. The whole process of packing up my life in DC, living in limbo for eight months, building a house, having major surgery, starting a new career… it has been much more difficult than I anticipated.

I can see the end to this transition, at last. My furniture and belongings arrive on Tuesday, as does my dear friend Amy. (I had hoped to welcome her to a comfortable, well-appointed room in a graciously decorated home—but she will enter a house filled with unopened boxes and a fairly high degree of chaos. Although she has generously declared that this is okay, that it will be fun to help me unpack, I am seriously bummed that I’m not providing a carefree place to visit this time.) There will still be a lot of work to do to get things settled.

I hope that finally being in my own home will provide a still point from which I can calmly organize the rest of my life. I have no regrets about coming to Asheville. I trust that, with some stability in my home and success in my work, I can continue to build a richly meaningful life in this community.

I so look forward to being able to offer hospitality to all my friends, both local and visiting. The idea of inviting people into a relaxing and appealing environment, where I can provide refreshment, conversation, and comfort has been the bright light at the end of this long tunnel.

I can see it shining. It’s not so far off. But wow, it’s been a long road and I’m still not quite at the end of the journey.

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2 Responses to Last Mile
  1. Suzy
    July 5, 2013 | 11:15 am

    It’s going to be wonderful! And what’s a little chaos between friends? :) Kudos on starting a new life and not letting anything get you down or get in your way!

  2. Abigail Grotke
    July 6, 2013 | 3:51 pm

    You are almost there! Hang tight – you’ll forget all about this once you are settled (soon!)