The Night Before

Trip Start Jun 27, 2013
Trip End Jul 18, 2013

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Casa de Metelak

Flag of United States  , California
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Our trip is already off to a great start, and we haven't even left home yet. Well, I've left home, but I'm up at my parents' house for the night. Tomorrow, morning at 9:00 AM, we're officially off!

I had a bit of anxiety leaving today. Maybe I had too much time on my hands, maybe I'm afraid of being gone for so long, or maybe I just need something to worry about in order to feel completely connected to the moment. Whatever, the case may be, I felt that leaving my house wasn't as easy as I thought it was going to be. I actually hugged my pole before leaving, a sure sign that this trip is much needed!

I met my mom at Costco, and then we sat down to dinner at nearby El Torito. I filled her in on my recent dating history, which is super amusing, at least to me. As we were leaving, I showed my mom a picture of me on my pole, and she immediately exclaimed, "Debbie needs to see this," called Debbie, and we headed over there.

Here is what I learned about my mom tonight: she is an amazing friend because she is completely in tune with her friend's needs. After a glass of wine, my mom said she had to go, but told me to stay and talk with Debbie for awhile. Debbie assured me that I wasn't imposing, and so we hugged my mom good-bye, poured another glass of wine, sat in the backyard, and talked. It was an amazing conversation. Cancer, boys, love, friendship. In that moment, I realized that my mom knew exactly what her friend needed...time just to talk to someone who gets it.

It was an amazing evening, and I'm thankful we got to spend it with Debbie. It was the perfect start to our exciting adventure of a lifetime. Off and away!
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