Monday, April 13, 2009

Goodbye NY

Really, how do you say goodbye to something that you love so much?

I came in as one person and will be leaving tomorrow as someone entirely different. As I sit here in the dark, buying my time and trying not to go to sleep, I realize that I can't even begin to summarize this amazing experience into one blog post. With all of the excitement and anticipation of my upcoming Texas life, I have forgotten just how full my heart is with love for this City that has changed my course forever.

The life of new friends, weekend brunches, work life, tiny apartments, late nights, summer trips, endless dining, and bizarre occurrences has finally commenced. My fear is that one day I will meet someone that won't know this part of me. They will not know that this experience has shaped me into who God is asking me to be. I have been challenged to go beyond so many comfort levels that I would have never thought possible; all the while learning that I can, in fact, appreciate the beauty in differences. A close friend here once told me that without some of the "outrageous" characters in this world we would not learn to appreciate what makes us all so unique. I will miss this. I will miss my life here and all of those people that came with it.

This past week I have had a honeymoon with the City. I stayed out too late, enjoyed some nice weather and remembered how I fell in love so many years ago. I walked into New York almost two years ago and it took me just the way I was. The blessings that have been given to me are endless and for that I will be forever grateful. To all of the laughs, tears, and joy that I have experienced, I will never forget. So today I leave. I walk away knowing that while Texas will fill my soul, New York will hold my heart.

Love to you all, I miss you already...

These little town blues are melting away
I'll make a brand new start of it, in old New York
If I can make it there, I'll make it anywhere
It's up to you, New York, New York
~Frank Sinatra, "New York, New York"


  1. Oh Sissy, this made me cry. I will always remember visiting you in your city. I enjoyed every minute I spent in apartment 2D with you and your best buddy. You girls made so many memories and I know you will always hold those times as some of your most treasured. I am so proud of you for doing what you always wanted to do. You knew New York was calling and you had a passion for an unknown life. You charted a new path and you worked hard to find a job you LOVED and people who LOVED you! How could they not?

    You have had endless weekends filled with trips to the Hamptons, hours spent sunbathing in Central Park, days at the US Open, Yankee games and maybe just a trip or 2 to the Statue of Liberty with weekend guests. :) You have left your mark on those city streets blazing the trail to work, trips to friend's, and you've certainly not neglected the path to Magnolia's!

    Texas will welcome you home, but New York will be awaiting your return trip. I will be waiting to give you a hug, and we will let you love on Maggie and then we will feed you Mexican food and BBQ ASAP! I love you and I can't wait to see you!

  2. oh my goodness! this made me tear up as well!! I can't wait to celebrate your homecoming!

  3. Crying at work...again. You have to stop doing this to my heart.

  4. Tiny tears at work...NYC was lucky to have you and I can't wait to go back to visit with you, I know that my NYC would never be the same without you and Alyssa.

  5. "Bizarre occurrences"... yeah, I'd say that pretty much captures everything we didn't actually mention. :) Give Texas some serious xoxo's for me. Come visit soon - I'll find some random boys who will let you taste their dessert before you decide what you want... Love and MISS you!!