we are leaving your sunny skies this weekend. for good. as we prepare for the move back to the northwest, i’m feeling reflective about you. about all the growing pains we shared here. about all the abundance that came thru on the other side of those pains. about all the hard but true lessons you provided. although your city seemed harsh and unpretty at times (both in spirit and actuality), you gifted me with creative bloom, creative identity, and creative possibility. this has been huge, life changing, and i will never, ever forget it. thank you.
(katrina, kelly marie, and me)
you also gifted me with incredible and solid friends like kelly marie, katrina, mati rose, and andrea. these ladies were my refuge when i thought i would collapse. when i didn’t cope so well at first to your city. and again when i began to find my footing. and again when i started to celebrate. they were my shared laughter, tears, conversation, and understanding. each one with their gifts. each one with their brilliance. each with a capacity to hold all of me, and me them. i will miss them dearly. please take good care of them, and send them off from time to time for a visit to seattle, ok?
katrina says that our years in portland were all about creating a foundation and home within ourselves, our relationship, our hearts. and that oakland has been about creating a foundation of work and creative flow. she says that seattle will be our time to integrate both. that now is the season to find the happy medium, a place where we can fuse home, work, creativity, and play. i think she’s right. smart lady, that katrina.
thank you, oakalnd. for all of it. it all matters.