Welcome. With the prospects of leaving and transition weighing heavily on my life in the past few months, and now that a very important person to which I had become attached is doing the same: leaving and transitioning, making the move from Chicago to NYC, I thought it might be appropriate timing for a small first posting, and the beginning of something new.
Today is Memorial Day and to ask myself again what was originally a mid-afternoon question from my roommate, "What are you doing to memorialize?", I feel struck by the desire to act nostalgically and emphasize the importance of the past; to say in a Sam Cooke style of cooing that, "I miss you, I miss you, I miss you." But, instead I want to suggest a memorializing that considers the future optimistically, one where the past is not forgotten, but built off of; where one does not say 'Goodbye', but 'I'll see you soon'.
And so in memorializing optimistically, I want to also say 'Hello' to my potential new readership and potential new friends made in the Chicago summer heat; I want to say 'I love you' to all my family members and old friends, and I want to say 'N, I'll see you soon'.