In all those months Kevin and I discerned leaving, it seemed like the obvious thing to do - it was just a matter of when and where. There have been a number of difficult things about our time in Boston together - unfulfilling jobs, finances and the insanely high cost of living, public transportation, the Northeast mindset, the go-go-go mentality of city living...there's no doubt that it was hard. But now that we are really moving...in a month...we are both struck with all the good things we are leaving behind. Primarily community. Boston is my spiritual home. I've been here for eight years, and seven of those I have been intimately tied to a Catholic community rooted at BU. While some of my best friends have left since college, there are still so many loved ones here - and the community has grown as well. This is also the place where all those who are elsewhere come back to - it's our hub. I've been spoiled with incredible friendships, and this place is the center of it all.
This past weekend it really hit me hard. It was a weekend filled with all my favorite people in Boston - having drinks with the ladies, hanging out at a barbecue, exploring the city, studying the Word of God, the sacraments...Christ is woven into it all, and that is why I know I am so bound to all these people. And why I'm going to miss them so much!
Last night, Kevin and I went on our evening walk (a little ritual for us), and we relayed to one another how much more difficult this is going to be than we anticipated. And for him - he came to this city four years ago for schooling, found the Catholic group I was a part of, met me/got married, and all this time he's been surrounded by my friends, my community, living in my city...or at least that's sorta what we both thought. But they have truly become his friends, his community, and he's made this just as much his city. And now that he's going back to his hometown, he's just as sad as I am (well, maybe not as sad)!
Through all my tears on our lovely walk, Kevin turned to me and said, "So much of you is your love for your friendships, and that's part of why I fell in love with you." And then he made promises to ship me back here (or wherever it is I'll need to go) as often as possible and to continue encouraging these friendships that are so life-giving (sound like anyone we know, Josh & Ashlie??). I've seen this happen with those who have left, and while distance isn't exactly easy, we've been abundantly blessed with time together - we've grown together through Vocations, children, losses, and more.
Duluth will be a new experience, quite the transition, and I know it will be good. But leaving this city where my faith came alive and this community that continuously bears fruit will be difficult. It'll take a huge amount of trust in God on my part. Trusting that these relationships will continue to grow in the manner they ought, that life will change for the better, and that God will bless all of us as we strive for the same goal: heaven.
And now I will be sappy and post this song that comes to mind...thanks for not judging. :)
Now let's enjoy this last month!