Today's the big day, our flight is this afternoon and everything is ready to go. We're spending our final hours hanging out and blogging in the hotel we've called home for the past three weeks. The car is gone, the farewell fanfare is over, there are almost no more "last's" left, and our time here is done.
We had a few last minute upsets. An early-morning trip to the doctor for antibiotics yesterday (turns out I have an ear and sinus infection), missing the chance to say goodbye to my parents (mom's recovering from surgery and didn't want to get sick), not making it to Florida to see my sister and her family, our wild dash to scour dog food ingredient lists at PetSmart after finding out yesterday that Stella's couldn't be imported (some customs info re: food items here if you're interested), and having to leave behind the beautiful, sharp, one-pound block of Vermont Cheddar from my friend Katie, which I'm sure I'll be craving in a few months.
I'm nervous, excited, a little sad, a lotta anxious, and beginning to feel the fullness of the pregnant pause that will fill the gaps between here and Pune. This is an adventure that some people dream about for years, maybe even their entire lives, and I'm incredibly humbled and grateful to be able to live it.
Over the past six months of preparing for this move, I have found that the most important thing in my life are the relationships I've made. I could have never done this without the love and support of family, friends, and an incredible, brilliant partner who is just as psyched to be taking on this challenge as I am. It's an amazing thing to feel cared for, and it's something I have felt that in all of the good-bye dinners, the sweet cards, emails, well wishes, wall posts on Facebook, offers of help, promises to visit, and conversations.
I know that, in addition to all the excitement and glittery newness, the first few months in India will, at times, be isolating, unfair, disorienting, confusing, and scary to me. It puts me at ease to know that a familiar voice is only a phone call or video chat away.
My parting thought: India, we're on our way, whether we're ready or not. Please go easy on us :-)