For now.
I’m writing this sitting on the tiny plane taking me from Philly to Norfolk, having just said goodbye to my life, and all the people in it…

For now.

Looking around the plane, I just felt this chapter of my life close – a very visceral feeling of “holy f***”, this is all new, and this is my new normal. I don’t know anyone here. I’m not really sure of any specifics of where I’m going. I’ve never been to Norfolk. (Technically I won’t have been there even after I get to D.C. because airports don’t count as visiting a city. In my opinion, you have to leave the airport and eat at least one meal in a city for it to count. (Italian-American family, so food is the most important thing. Family too…but they really go together. And family isn’t just your blood relatives either. Soooo anyone who walks into our house is offered?/accosted by food.) Btw – Catie, if you’re reading this, mom made coffee cake. I told her you love it and I didn’t get a chance to make it before I left, so she did. And yes. I’m telling you via blog. Of all the ways of telling you this, probably the most inconvient??? And now I’ve made a bunch of other people read it too. 😊 Everyone else: if you know my family and where I live, stop by for coffee cake and give my mother a hug. She could probably use it. Thanks!!)

Well that was one hell of an off topic ramble.


The past week has been a series of good byes and their accompanying emotional rollercoaster moments, interspersed with frantic packing of my life and suitcases. I definitely forgot my toothbrush, but if that’s all I forgot, I’m set.

The non-packing part of my life this week was pretty amazing. I got to hang with a friend who has know me since I was 6years old. There’s something pretty awesome about friends who have known you through several evolutions.

The little boy I’ve been watching for the past 7 years is not so little anymore. I got to hang with him twice, and both times were super bittersweet. (Mario Kart, Harry Potter, Pikmin, Wendy’s and doughnuts for the win!)

I surprised one of my ESL students by taking him to the airport when he didn’t think he was going to see me again, and it was absolutely brilliant. He was so surprised, and it was a great ride.

Rounding it all off I went to see Wonder Woman last night with good friends, my sister and my mom. I loved it. There were tough goodbyes, more packing, a nap, more tears and hugs, then to the airport. It was a whirlwind of tears, laughter, coffee, luggage, hugs and deep breaths.

See you later Philly,

Hello D.C.!
My life in suitcases for two years:

Think I like purple?


What I’ve been listening to lately:

Suit and Jacket – Judah and the Lion (It just feels appropriate.)

Pistols at Dawn – Seinabo Sey (Sense8 RIP ☹️)

For Forever – Dear Evan Hansen

Black Coffee – Ella Fitzgerald

Sober – Blink-182 (I am so happy they still sound the same. 8th grade me is overjoyed.)


11 thoughts on “Goodbye…

  1. Missing you already! ESL won’t be the same without you. 😦 But I am sure you will learn so much and help so many others that you couldn’t here in PA. I will think of you often and wish you happiness and health. Love you! Laura

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  2. Have a very wonderful trip, dear Mari. I will miss you a lot. You will do awesomely well and learn much. Drink it all in and most of all enjoy it. Can’t wait to hear more….. Love you, Sara

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  3. The day has arrived, as we all knew it would. You’re on your way to a new life and a new you.

    Let’s make it β€œfare well” instead of goodbye. Fare well intends that things are favorable for you in general – especially until you return once again.



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    1. This actually made me laugh out loud, pretty obnoxiously. I’m sitting on the tarmac in DC about to leave for real, and this made me laugh. Thank you πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ˜


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