Holliday-Cary House, N. College St., Auburn, Lee County, Alabama
Frances Benjamin Johnston, via Library of Congress "Carnegie Architecture of the South."
This morning when I heard the soothing NPR broadcaster tell me that today was May 17th, a light went off in my brain. May 17th...why is that date ringing a bell? Why is it important?
Looking through my old calenders didn't tell me much about why I would remember May 17th but it was revealing in other ways.
May 17th, 2009, was the day I arrived in Portland* to start an internship, live with my parents, be away from D$ for a few months and start the nitty gritty planning for my upcoming wedding.
May 17th, 2010, was the day after I graduated from my Masters Program and the day before we picked up the Budget Truck to fill with our belongings and drive across the country to a new life.
Suffice it to say, the last few Mays have been big transitions. It's almost odd that this May is so normal. I feel like, well, the weather is changing drastically, why isn't my life? At least that was my first thought.
Then I realized that we are already planning for more transitions. We have been talking about buying a house. We have tentative baby plans (not soon so just calm down over there). Sunday we went to Open Houses and we talked about meeting with a lender, "just in case." Home-buying felt like it was on the horizon.
Now I think maybe we aren't ready. Maybe we should wait. Maybe we should take time to appreciate the fact that we aren't in a transition right now. I want to make sure that D and I are living in the present instead of rushing forward to the future. I want us to enjoy the summer - go away on weekends, stay in on weekends, sleep late, drink wine at 2 pm, enjoy each other and our life - before we leap ahead to the next thing.
The thing is...can I stay still for a while?
*Having flown into Seattle the night before, so it can't be that I remember it because I flew that day