For three and a half years, I've been leaving. I've been leaving my home, my friends, my family.
Today marks the day when I will not have to leave anymore.
Although I loved Grove City College, my school, I wish it would have been a little closer to home. The five and a half hour drive across Pennsylvania never really gets any more enjoyable. And although I am sad to be leaving behind all the great memories and friends I have made here, I so happy to finally not have to be leaving any more.
For two years, seven months, and 1 day I've also always been leaving the man I love.
For my entire relationship with my boyfriend turned fiancé we've always had my departure looming over us. I've been leaving him at the end of a long summer of being together every single day. I've been leaving him after a quick weekend trip home that was never long enough. I've been leaving him on the side of the road by his broken down car as he was on his way to see me off at the airport before going abroad for four months. How do you say goodbye to someone you love so much and will not get to see for so long in only five minutes?
We've counted down the days until we see each other and started all over again so many times. We've cried many tears and driven so many more miles and FINALLY we never will have to again.
I had a great college experience. But home truly is where the heart is. I love the town I live in. I love suburban life. I love having family and friends nearby. I love being in my home where the laundry is free, there are no communal showers with gross hair balls in them, there's a cute fluffy puppy waiting to greet me at the door and a gas fire place that turns on with the flip of a switch for when it gets too cold out.
Most of all, I just love that I will never have to leave, ever ever again.
I'm heading home from college for good today! Prayers for a safe journey would be appreciated, it's snowing out here and I have a long lonely car ride ahead of me! <3