It is still hard to believe that I am actually returning to New York. We’ve been in Oregon for 23 years, and although this is the most amazing place to live, New York has always been my home. After Madelyn’s dad and I divorced, I almost moved back, but decided it would be better for Madelyn if we stayed and she grew up with her dad. When she made her plane reservations last September, I knew I needed to think about what was next for me. I thought very deeply about my life here, my friends, job and this beautiful environment. I decided that Oregon was a wonderful “place” to live, but it lacked an important element; family. My brothers have been asking me to return for some time, and since we are all we have, (and we get along quite well!) I decided to move back.
So, I have started the complicated task of unraveling my life here. I have applied for a teaching position in New York, and have been accepted to the group of early applicants who will receive assistance with that task. I am in the process of making my house look pristine for the crowd (I hope) of interested buyers who will be pushing and shoving their way to make an offer! The most difficult thing I have to do is to find a home for my two elderly cats, Wendy and Simba; they are 18 and 17 respectively. Madelyn and I will be living together, and she already has two cats, and I have one youngish cat and Lola, our dog. I am planning to drive cross-country, and the Vet said it may be too much for them.
Well, now you know about this voyage I am embarking upon, and I hope to make it interesting enough that all of my friends will continue to follow along.