As the days of leaving were coming closer, I was also looking forward to the next time I would be in the company of my family and friends, all of whom, I wanted to hug and talk to. I always have maintained that family and friends are the reason for my sanity (or the lack of it). After going through the emotional roller coaster that was packing my bags, I was sitting in the house; my husband was out wrapping up some last minute work like returning the car and filling out some paper work. Our home inspection was due in a little bit before we finally lock the door and head to the hotel. I was all by my self and out of nowhere, I wanted to click as many pictures of the house as I could. I still have them all. The hall, the couch, the cupboards... everything.
Soon, the home inspection was done. We were ready to say bye and head out. We put the keys in and locked ourselves out. The final act of bidding goodbye. Wasn't nearly as dramatic as it sounds, but it kind of was. We were never going to let ourselves in again, ever. Can't have a more conclusive bye, can you?
At the hotel, we were wondering what I was going to do till 3 AM before the cab came and I would leave for the airport, when the cab finally came, with a heavy heart full of a million memories, I picked up my bag, my passport and walked out. One last time.
Here's the thing about goodbyes, no matter how much you prepare for them, they are never easy. I could tell you today, I could tell you a year from now and you'll still never be ready. The idea is to get over it. Get involved in something else very quickly and move on. I believe that the happiest memories of Erie will make up for me missing it. Even now, I catch up on Erie news and it feels oddly familiar and very distant. It feels like years ago and still feels like yesterday.