As I sit her in my downtown apartment in New Bern, NC it dawned on my that I am in my last days as I am moving at the end of the month. My father is in poor health and so I am moving in with my parents to help take care of him. As a single adult what a privilege I have to be able to do this. Oh, not far away and work will be the same, however, my home won't.
If you can imagine the coolest downtown in America (New Bern is the original capital of North Carolina and the home of Pepsi). Beautiful long streets with cool shops and restaurants. Shops that have apartments and condo's on top. A city filled with some of the most amazing churches. A wonderful waterfront park overlooking our two rivers that join in New Bern. People walking up and down the streets, going who knows where. As I sit here and and do my quiet time with the Lord this morning, I realized these will be my last days to...hear the train as it goes by my front door, hear the people as they walked, carrying on conversations of music, friends, work and family, hear the church bells as they ring.
I will miss walking in downtown, sitting on a park bench, feeding the seagulls, getting a cup of coffee at Port City. I will miss this 200 year old apartment with its slanted floors, weird electrical and plumbing. I will miss the radiators and real ceramic tub, the back porch deck and garden. I will miss some of my neighbors like Ms. Sherry who would visit each day as her mom who lived below was in poor health. To David who comes and goes with mystery, always willing to help me move or fix something to Anne who seemed to struggle with day to day life. I will miss in these last days her little dog, barking as I walked by her door. Then there is Jody who works the night shift. I am always coming home when she is leaving, chit chatting as we cross paths on the side walk. I will miss waving to others as I get into my car, as if I would one day know them but never did.
In these last days I will miss my independence, my freedom to come and go, my space. In these last days....Thank you Lord for this year in this place. To experience new things, new people, new time with you. Thank you for these last days.