Dear City of Trees,
I moved away from you one week ago today. It’s weird to thing that I no longer live in your lovely city, and probably never will again.
Initially, I HATED you. When I moved to Davis (a smaller city nearby) for college, I used to talk about how lame I thought you were and how I would never live in your city, my state capital. In the three 2 ½ years I lived in Davis, I ventured in to your city a handful of times. Usually I would go downtown to meet for Tahnee’s service dog training classes on Saturday mornings. I couldn’t wait to get out; there was nothing in your city I liked.
Oddly enough, when I graduated college in December 2008, I had made a number of friends in your area and I wasn’t quite ready to leave. I decided to apply for jobs in your city and (ahh!! the horror!) live in the City of Trees.
So that’s what I did. Eventually, I found a job I liked and met more people who quickly became good friends. About a year ago I started looking for a better job and decided after getting offered a job in San Francisco that although most of my family lived in the Bay Area, I wasn’t ready to leave my friends and the life I built with you, in your city.
About two months ago, I changed my mind. Although I really loved my apartment and my friends, I decided your city just wasn’t for me anymore. I decided it was time for me to move on. But, in my time in your city, you definitely grew on me and I fell in love with a few things.
Here’s some things I just love about you:
1) The size. It’s super easy to get around your city. The grid downtown, the small size, and the beautiful streets made walking through you so much fun. I’ll miss being able to walk to my favorite happy hours without worrying to drive home.
2) My friends. I have some great friends in your city – they are always there for me when I need them. It’s weird to not be near them anymore…
3) My apartment. Not only was it the first place I ever lived all by myself, but it was such a great space, great location, great EVERYTHING. It was my favorite home I’ve ever lived in and it was mine.
4) The river. Well, I don’t love the river, but I grew to really like it. I had some fun days on the river, and obviously, so did Tahn.
5) The Sacramento/Davis area is the only home Tahn has ever known. Although I moved four times in the 5 years I lived in the area, Tahn was with me in each place. Moving her out of that area is a little odd – but exciting.
6) The capital – although to date I’ve only met one person who worked at the capital that I actually liked, the hum and buzz of the capital was always very exciting. Not to mention the building is gorgeous.
7) You’re near most of my family. You’re close enough that I could go home on the weekend, but far enough that I could stay away when I wanted. GOD, I’M GOING TO MISS THEM.*
8) My yoga studio. Michelle, the owner of the studio and my yoga teacher is the best yoga teacher I’ve ever had and her studio is the BEST studio I’ve ever been to. I didn’t go nearly as much as I would have liked; but when I did, I loved it.
We had a great few years. I enjoyed living in your city. I appreciated your hospitality. Now, it’s time for me to move on.
Thanks for the memories,
*To be perfectly honest, the past 5 years have been pretty rough overall. I’ve definitely had good times, good days, good weeks, and good months, but I haven’t had a good year in … well … YEARS. My family has been overwhelmingly wonderful these past five years. My parents, my grandma, my brother and sister-in-law, and of course, my sister. For the past two years, (sans my sister) everyone was just a short drive away. I went home a lot. I went home many, many weekends when I didn’t have plans or have any friends (in college. And, to be honest, after college too). My sister has been a great support via phone – and it’s so weird I’m now just a short drive from her, and a short flight/ long drive from my other family. Bottom line: I do not know how I would have gotten through the past years without my family. Really. I am so thankful.
6 responses to “Ode to the City of Trees”
I miss you already. It is weird to think you are not a drive away, and you won’t be popping by to hang out and catch up with your life. I just will have to fly to San Diego more often. Boy, do I love San Diego, but it will be even more fun with both you and Sarah there. I love you and miss you. Mom
I hope you’re loving San Diego so far! I’m sorry that I didn’t get to see you before you left– or, to be honest, nearly as much as I could have while you lived here. (I can definitely relate to your “not a good year” which led me to be way more anti-social than I’d ever like) But I love reading your blog and hope you have a GREAT year in San Diego. And if it’s a bit rocky being in a new city… well, I can relate to that too.
Enjoy the adventure!
P.S. Our dodgeball team is doing decent but we miss your last-man-standing basket-scoring skills!
Thank you so much, Kristen!! We will definitely have to catch up when I visit Sacramento again. And, please let me know if you ever visit San Diego and we can meet up!!
I miss dodgeball so much!
I could have written this post in my late 20’s. College life was difficult, post college life was difficult. But things did get better in my 30’s and even better in my 40’s.
Glad to have met you and for you to have Michelle in your life. She’s a superstar.
I hope so!! Here’s to looking forward to great things. 🙂