Even though my trip didn't start off on exactly the right foot (I forgot both my camera AND straightener at home) it ended up being absolutely lovely, wonderful and yet bittersweet.......all at the same time. Bittersweet that I was leaving my darling little girl at home when her Aunt Amy would have loved to smother her with tons of kisses and hugs......but at the same time so full of excitement and comfort in being with one of my oldest and dearest friends.
Amy and I first met in the middle of 6th grade when her father retired from the Army and settled her family in my corner of the world when he took a civilian job at the local helicopter plant. I believe that our friendship was most certainly God sent. For as anal retentive, uptight and controlled as I tend to be, Amy is free spirited, light hearted and spontaneous. I've known her for so long that I actually forget sometimes that we're not REALLY blood relatives. There is such comfort in her friendship. In certain conversations and stories, there is so much unsaid but not unnoticed. She doesn't have to tell me how she reacted to a situation - I already know.
I wish I had words to truly express how much she and her friendship means to me. She is my Ya Ya Sister and if something were ever to happen to me.......she would be the woman I choose to be Natalie's mother.
Okay. Full confession. I've had a glass of wine, I'm listening to Adele, I'm missing my bestie and now I'm crying.
Okay. On with the trip.
I met some interesting people on all four of my flights: Bobby the ASU college student from Maryland returning home from a trip to Kansas to visit his girlfriend, an older lady whose name I cannot remember but whose husband died five years ago and she has spent these years traveling the world with a good friend, and Michael the Marine fresh out of boot camp who was surprising his pregnant girlfriend at home with a ring and a deployment to Afghanistan.
A view of the land from the side of the bridge where my feet were firmly planted on solid ground. Although Amy's little town is pretty far away from the comforts of home (namely, Target) if you're going to be stranded out in the middle of nowhere living on a Naval base, at least there is some pretty scenery to look at.