Well, today is the dreaded day. Saying goodbyes, taking a last walk around, trying to see everything in the Ashmolean on the third visit (and still failing), seeing my favorite author’s tomb, meeting some great new people, hearing the boys’ choir at evensong – today was packed and amazing. But part of me feels crushed. How can I leave the place that I finally feel like I belong? I love my family, but going home to my meaningless daily life with no friendly interaction or freedom to spread my wings as well as my broken heart is all I can see for the rest of this summer.
However, I am trying to be optimistic. With people leaving to travel Europe or return to the home that they missed, I feel a bit strange and out of place. This summer still can be great; it will be what I make of it. But the pain is still real.
Anyway, I really wanted to finish my thanks today. However I will do so tomorrow, I think. Right now, it is so late and I am drained. Plus, I only slept three hours last night – the shortest night of my life (unless you count when I flew to London both times and never slept).
So instead of writing about my wonderful new friends I am losing (at least in distance), I am going to share some of my favorite pictures that I have not posted already. Hopefully you will enjoy them. Thanks for continuing to read my blog as I tried something a bit different and branched out into new areas of the world and writing.