Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Leaving the Bay Area...

"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax--
Of cabbages--and kings--
And why the sea is boiling hot--
And whether pigs have wings."
-Lewis Carroll

And the time has come for us to leave the Bay Area. (Yes, the poem above is completely random, I just like it.) Leave the Bay you say? Why yes, Virginia is our home and we have made the decision to move back.

The decision to move back to Virginia has been a difficult decision that we have mulled over many a night. I wrote this post a while back about constantly comparing California to Virginia, and about how our decision was made from the desire for adventure. And let me just say, it has been one awesome adventure!

Our move and adventure to California was inevitable. It was the thing we had waited years for, so we had to do it. It was our opportunity to try something new, live in a different place, be different people, and experience new things. Through moving here and doing all of those things we slowly began to realize that it was not for us. Our life here in California has never felt permanent. When the future was brought up we could never envision ourselves here, and when talk of having kids started we most definitely could not imagine it happening in California.

We gave it our best shot, but somehow the core of our being cannot let go of Virginia. Neither Andy or I had a childhood in Virginia, we both moved there when we were 12 years old. From that point on though, Virginia shaped who we were through middle school, high school, and then college. Those green rolling mountains of the Shenandoah Valley molded us into the people we are today. It wasn't until we left that, that we discovered how important it is to us.

Yes we are young, and yes we will still have many adventures, but at this point in our late 20s we just want to be in a familiar place surrounded by our good friends. California has taught us the importance of home, community, family, and friendship. These above all else are the important things in our lives and we don't want to waste another minute away from them.

So...California- it has been grand, but Virginia awaits us!

(*We start the long drive back at the end of the month, so blog posts will be spotty for the next few weeks.)

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