This week is it… the Big Move I’ve been talking about for years. (I’m not one for spontaneity, for sure!) But it is a moment to stop and reminisce a bit. I’ve lived in this city for 35 years or 90% of my adult life. I got married here, I made close friends here, and I’ve become “me” here.
I’ve had 5 homes in different parts of the greater Cincinnati area. Although I only worked for one company, it was in multiple business areas. I know my way around the “back roads”, except for the West Side or Anderson Township – there I still get lost. But in general, I know this place – it is familiar and comfortable.
I’ve loved living in this city, notably the food scene, the theater scene, the festivals, and the parks. I’ve even enjoyed the occasional professional baseball, hockey, and soccer game. I love the small city size that allows you to engage in things (festivals, events, theater) without big crowds or big prices. I love that if you meet someone new, you’ll most likely find a connection in common! Even though I’ve engaged in a lot the city has to offer, It’s crazy that there are still some “local” things I never did get to do, things I put on my list when I moved here.
But it’s now time to say good-bye. I’ve been able to do some finals – my final visit to the zoo, my last shopping trip to Jungle Jim’s food boutique, a final walk at some of my favorite parks. And of course, I’ve done some final walk & talks, wine & whines, or dinner & conversation. I’m on the final stages of the packing, final stages of managing the go-away pile (sell, donate, give-away, toss), and the movers come mid-week.
Next up, hopefully after an uneventful move, is unpacking and another (big) go-away pile to manage. And then, a list of “Hello St Petersburg” activities! Hopefully I’ll not have things still on the list in 35 years. It’s sad to say, “Good-bye Cincinnati” but I do know we will be back to visit.