In which I reflect on entering the window
Today is Thanksgiving (here in the US). So,
!!! HAPPY THANKSGIVING !!!
Besides the typical turkey, stuffing, thanks, and family, this holiday is the first of the last for us (well, technically Halloween was). What that means is that we're into the window of "this is the last time we'll do <this> before we leave for the trip". While that may seem a bit sad, I'm trying to spin it positive.
Instead of looking at today as "the last Thanksgiving before we leave our comfy confines and familiar routines of our life here in Seattle", I'm looking forward to figuring out where we're going to be for Thanksgiving next year (looks like either Patagonia or Rapa Nui aka Easter Island). I'm also looking forward to the next Thanksgiving after we get back from the trip - what great stories we're going to have to tell around the table with our family and friends, and how special it's going to feel to be back with the ones we love.
So, even though it may seem like it's the "last time", it's also marks the beginning of the next chapter. The "first of the firsts" -- scary and exciting at the same time.
In a few hours we'll be digging into the cranberry sauce, sharing thanks for what we have now, and looking forward to the next chapter. I'm very thankful for the opportunity that we have in front of us to write this next chapter. It's going to be a trip...