It was five months between when we moved to New York City and when I returned back home to Ithaca for a visit. This shocked me. When we moved to New York I imagined myself gleefully, blissfully hopping the bus upstate for some R&R. I imagined this happening often. After living so far away for so long, I was sure to take advantage of my relative proximity to family, community, and relative calm at home. So, why did it take so long to return? Well, moving takes time. Transitions require attention. Now it feels nice to be in a place where I can go home for a few days without feeling tied to my new home. Just in time, however, for the arrival of our new puppy tomorrow… at least I can take her on the bus with me!

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