Sunday, May 8, 2011

The Game of Life

The one thing we know for certain is that all good things must come to an end. This was true of the lengthy stint of Vet Teching, which finally bowed its ugly head and lent way to more adventurous opportunities.

However, I did relish those moments bonding with the multitude of creatures I came into contact with. Hours of tears, sweat and blood now haunt my memories. But there were also many kittens purring, tail wags and furry snuggles. I'll take that with me too. And everything else I learned along the way.

As for my blog, the lapse can be attributed to those very shifting sands. If you asked what I've been doing the past 12 months, I could chalk it up to the life of a working mom. Like everyone else probably, I clock in, clock out, then eat fries at a bowling alley with my kid or watch enough movies in 3D to build a fortress out of recycled plastic eye-wear.

I meet the new people that come into my world---some in apathetic recognition, others, more profound, in the shape of baby nephews named Colby.

Still others, who use all your coffee cups and talk to you at night about the men we're seeing. I now have 2 roommates, Lauren and Aiste. I never thought I'd revert back to this college-like stage in my life, but there are definitely times when it's nice. Despite the small disputes over dog hair and rent checks, at the end of the day it's comforting coming across that smiling face, ever-ready glass of wine and lotion-scented female perspective.

And let's be honest, sometimes at midnight, you NEED someone sitting across the couch from you, ready to reassure that everything is going to be ok. Because I can think of the dozens of times I've loved and lost, and loved again, and lost, but when I dust off my kicks, the girls are still there. This has been the year of 2 guys who should probably date a more simplistic creature. One of them will pull away forever while the other will forever chase. Isn't that the way it always goes?

So instead I'll play. I'll play like I'm a young uninhibited free-spirit, dancing in the rain with my friends like I've always done.

...and I'll continue to make the world my playground, like I'm always doing. I've met sooooo many amazing people in such a short amount of time and I like to collect them, like dimes, a friend amalgam for each jar on my shelf.

In this ever-evolving walk we call life, I can happily say that I'm still smiling,

and still ever-ready to do a cartwheel in the grass at a moment's notice. For now, there's not much more I could ask for.