So I totally flaked on last week’s blog. Good thing I have an excellent excuse. It was my first birthday in our new city and my bestie was in town.
Dani, aka the Lipstick Gangsta, flew in from Maui for three days. We had a fantastic weekend! I got to show her around my new house and new hood, cook for her (I discovered a recipe since I last saw her, cheesy beef and macaroni, yum!), and even drag her out on a jog. I love my new digs, but the homesickness still lingers like a little old lady pulling out of a parking space. It was such a treat to do all my regular stuff with a treasured friend. Dani made the Bay Area feel like home.
One of the highlights of her trip came when she handed me a very special birthday present. Dani made me a gorgeous cream colored hanging quilt, about the size of small painting, with leafy green palm trees embroidered into it. After we figured out exactly which wall to hang my wonderful gift, I asked her a ton of questions and learned how much time and love quilting requires. One small example – a quilter actually threads all those beautiful stitches throughout the quilt to give it that fabulous puffy look. The material doesn’t just come that way. I had no idea!
My quilt reminded me of the old adage, the best things in life take time. A baby typically needs nine months to gestate before a mother can embrace her child. A college student spends an average of 13 years hitting the books before he/she is ready take on higher learning. And making a new place or a new situation feel like home, that takes time too, no matter how much you like it there, or how much better off you will be for the change. Each day, each new adventure, digs stronger, deeper roots. In time, your new life will feel just like home.
Have you gone through any big changes recently, a move, divorce, new job? These can be tough transitions. I’d love to hear any advice you have on how you made it through.