I continue to be asked if I am excited about moving to Scotland. Of course, in general, I am. But, there are so many things to do, so many details to manage. Most of the time I have been thinking what is the next step? What task needs completing next? I realized yesterday that many of these next steps are fun things! What will we do in Chicago? Where will we eat? Then, once in Scotland, prior to Pat starting work, what will we do? Where will we go? Who will we see? So, if asked today if I am excited, I can say "Yes! Yes, I am!"
Another realization yesterday occurred in the evening just before heading home from our last night out with friends in Quincy. We have had a few farewell parties over the last several weeks with different groups of friends and family. We have also had a lot of final events. Many of these times we have been able to say, "we might see you again;" "we will be in town a few more weeks," etc. Last night--none of that. We leave Quincy tomorrow. We will not see these folks again any time soon. Reality check, a sad one.
On the other hand...As we make our final preparations and experience these final events, everyone else seems to realize also that they will not see us again for a long while if at all. As a result, their final words at times go beyond just "see you later" or "good luck." At times their words have been quite touching. At times, these very touching words have come from unexpected places. In alll cases, these touching words make our hearts smile. As we depart for Scotland--a return home for Pat; a new adventure for me--make no mistake, we will look back fondly on our time in Quincy.