Over the weekend, my best friend Tessa and
her boyfriend came out to the East Coast to visit me. We stayed in Boston, had manicures and Andy took us out to a fancy oyster dinner (side note: I had my first oyster ever! I thought it was going to be terrible, but it wasn't.)
I don't think I realized how important these things were to me. To spend time with people when the conversation - and the laughter! - is effortless. to indulge. to celebrate. Since moving I've been totally dried up, both emotionally and financially. But, last weekend was like having my old life back. I felt the easy happiness of being comfortable.
When they left on sunday, I was a mess. I was going back to my new life at graduate school (a gift itself and a blessing, I know this.) But things are a little harder there. At least for now.
After I stopped my sniffling I went for coffee in Cambridge, where I spent the morning walking around the college campuses. It reminded me of why I'm doing this. The cobblestone streets and old brick buildings are part of the dream I'm chasing. The dream of living the academic life, where ever that may lead me.