If I think about it, I can remember feeling irritated with friends who moved away from me and seemingly disappeared from planet earth the second I was out of the rear view mirror.
Now I get it.
I would have sworn up and down that this wouldn't happen to me, but it has. Somewhere in the transfer from one chapter of life to the next, my attention and focus has shifted. Already, all the things that I have "meant to do" haven't happened, and frankly, I don't know if they will.
So, while I'm thinking of it:
Melissa, congrats on the new house. I hope you enjoy making your new home for Mike and Brody as much as I plan to enjoy making one for Jim and Seth.
Sara, I can't even think about how much I miss seeing you each day. You were my greatest gift in 2008.
Kim, if and when the time comes to find the AIG umbrella policy, I think I gave it to Chris at some point before I left. If she doesn't have it, I'm sorry, it's lost. No, really. It's lost. I don't know where it is. Shh. Don't tell Kyle, just order another copy from Dave.
Kristen, I'm so bummed I never got to see your new house.
Steph, I'm really bummed I'm not going to be around to watch Aaron grow up. Get the web page up and running.
Sara and Doug...school, and babies, and life notwithstanding, shame on us for not making more time for each other when we lived in the same ZIP code. (Okay, not technically, but you know what I mean.)
Abby, wanna do lunch next week? One-way tickets to Nashville are in the $60 range right now. ;)
Heidi and Wendy...what is there even to say? Only a miracle will make walking into our new church home, wherever that will end up being, as sweet as walking into Westgate and handing over Seth to you.
I could go on all day, listing the people I'm already missing, but my point was mostly to let any and all of you know that even if I fall "out of touch" in the coming weeks and months as we focus on getting acclimated to Tennessee, you are never far from my mind and always in my heart.