It’s officially my last night in Park City, until next season. I had a great day and really realized how many friends I have and the “family” I’ve developed here. It’s become just as hard to leave Utah as it is to leave Minnesota. My friends here ARE my family, they are the people I go when things are good or bad.
My friends at USSA had a going away party for me, which was so great. I really felt like I contributed to my job there and made a impact. I wish I was staying, I love the work I do there and the people I work with, it’s hard for me to have to leave it only to anxiously wait to come back to it. Thank you Nancye, Alex, Liza, Lindsey, Margo, Juliann, Matt, TK, Carole, Kat, Troy, Ruth and most of all Katie. She’s the best boss I could ask for- I’ve learned so much from her and appreciate her patience and willingness to help me grow, she’s a true CHAMPION.
After the going away party I hung out with Maggie. She’s truly, without a doubt, my best friend here. (sorry everyone else!) Maggie was one of the first people that got to know me during my first few days at Starbucks in Park City in January of my first Utah season. She made fun of my Minnesota accent, I didn’t care at all… she noticed me, and that was all I needed. We really got closer together this season and she became someone that always wanted to make sure I was okay. She’d give me good directions to anywhere in Salt Lake, she’d help me run errands when I was there, she’d drop me off at the airport and pick me up, and most of all she’d be there if I needed her. I ended up becoming a part of her family, which extended our friendship even further. Not only did I have a friend who was there for me, but a family in Utah that I could go to for help. Thanks Maggie- love you.
After hanging out with Maggie, it was time. Erica’s flight came in and it was time to go get her at the airport. I was dreading this all day because it meant that my time in Utah was up and it was time to go home. I saw her and my stomach dropped, it’s over. I was scared, the difficulties of moving home were sinking in- I didn’t want to do it and was looking for an escape. On the 1/2 hour drive up to Park City, just talking to her got me excited to go to Minnesota. We didn’t even talk about the summer plans, just hearing her and being near her makes me want to get there, and suddenly I’m not so scared. (translation: still freaking out, but not as much).
One more thing:
Chris: as much as I freak out about it all, I still can’t wait to see you. Thanks for understanding that and being there through the ups and downs of today.