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Well, this is it folks. In 14 hours I will be on a plane, making my way back to the States. Surpisingly, I don't feel as sad as I have over the past few days. Maybe my body and mind can't handle anymore sadness, so it's gone into "travel mode". you know, pulling my tickets and passports, zipping up luggage (thank god after I shipped two more boxes it ALL FIT in 3 bags), cleaning up the apartment. Stuff like that. I don't have so many definite plans for the day. Little things I have to do, and big things I want to do. I'm having lunch with karen and her family and I'll probably spend most of the day with them. Some friends, like Marcy, Rochelle, Leah and others are coming to see me off when my sherut leaves at 8 pm. My landlord is coming to get my keys and wrap stuff up with me too. There's just too much to do to be sad.
Don't get me wrong, I'm sure I'll cry a TON today, especially with all the goodbyes, but I've sort of already made my peace with leaving. It's hard, but it's doable.
I get in to O'Hare at 8:53 am on Sunday morning and my brother is going to pick me up and take me down to West Lafayette. Total travel time, door to door should be about 24 hours (That includes time at the airports, layovers, etc). It's a good thing I got a good night's sleep last night.
I have about 4 days at home, and then I'm off to Cincinnati to look at a place for me and Amy, buy a cell phone...oh yeah, and watch my best friend Michael Sommer become an ordained rabbi! I can't wait!! But, then the next day, I need to be at GUCI and ready to start camp for the summer. So that means that in 4 days I need to spend time with my family, unpack and repack (harder than it actually sounds) see all of my friends, and maybe buy a car. No pressure......
My address for the summer is as follows:
c/o Goldman Union Camp
9349 Moore Rd.
Zionsville, IN 46077
When I get a cell phone, I'll post my number for everyone. For now, call me at my parents at (765)463-1413 or after June 5th at camp at (317)873-3361.
So, I guess this is it. I'm going to turn off and pack up my comuter soon. I'm going to close up shop, say goodbye to the holy land, and get ready to come home. Home...what a funny word. It's nice to know that I have a home here too, and that leaving is not really saying goodbye forever, it's just a "until next time".
What a year. What memories. What learning and growth. I hope that everyone is as blessed in their lives as I've been this year. See you stateside!!!!