Birthday parties are characteristically happy celebrations and fun times, and adult birthday gatherings are typically imbued with copious amounts of alcoholic beverages.
Such was the get-together at our place on Friday, October 20th. Rico’s birthday was Thursday, October 19th, and mine was Saturday, October 21st, so Friday was the perfect party day, and since it was our final potluck jam party in DC, it also became our farewell event.
I can’t put into words the gamut of emotions that ran through my spirit on Friday. I was super excited to see all of our friends, to play music with them again, to laugh together, and to chat about each other’s lives. At the same time, I was quite melancholy—I knew it would be the last time I would be seeing these people for at least a year.
As anticipated, it was a rousing good time, and I think everyone enjoyed themselves thoroughly. There were moments of laughter, a few tears, some heartfelt words were spoken, and a lot of great music was played.
By the time we waved goodbye to our final guests at five-thirty on Saturday morning, Rico and I were pooped out but agreed it had been the best party ever.
I shed quite a few tears after laying my head on the pillow. I was thinking of all the wonderful people we have had the pleasure to know over the past (almost) five years in the DMV. Some of them have already exited our lives, and others are brand new treasures we have recently discovered. All of them have added to the tapestry that is the story of my life.
By the time I opened my eyes late in the day on Saturday, I was past the gloomy feelings and had set my sights on the final week in DC.
There is so much to do it is almost overwhelming. We still have furniture in our house that has to go, a lot of loose ends to tie up, and a lot of people to see before we can make our exit.
That being said, I really want to take the time to be tourists here in DC. We’ve never really gotten to do that because of work and other obligations, so I’m hoping we’ll have time to squeeze that in amidst all the other “have to get done” items.
Whew! These last few months have been crazy and stupid and fun! I’m going to miss you, DC… but I’ll be back!