Some of these lasts are met with a huge sigh of relief. I am really hoping the huge wind storm we had this past Tuesday will be the last one I have to endure. I never again want to live in a place where the wind blows so hard it can rearrange your patio furniture and BBQ for you. And if I never again have to do a workout at the gym with the Squirrel Lady flitting about nearby it will be too soon. Just saying.
However, and it is a big however, there are many things about Kamloops I am going to miss. Last week I returned the one remaining library book I had checked out, and it wasn't until the moment I pushed it through the return slot that I realized that was it. My time using the library here was finished. It might sound silly, but I got a bit choked up.
Today was my last trip to the Kamloops Farmer's Market. Over the past seven years I have gotten to know many of the vendors, and it was quite sad to be going from stall to stall today not just to buy fresh fruits and vegetables, but also to say goodbye. When I went by the bannock stall I decided I better take some pictures for my blog. The stuff they gave out at the bank last week for Aboriginal Awareness Day didn't look too authentic, but this is the Real Deal.
|Note: This is not my bannock. Sadly, they don't make a gluten-free version.|
Another last that took me by surprise happened last weekend. Rebekah and Anton had come up for the weekend to help us pack, and to move out some stuff they had stored here. Kellen and Anita came up for dinner, and it was one of those rare perfect nights here in the 'Loops. (By perfect I mean the wind wasn't blowing, so we could sit out on the back deck and eat without the burgers being blown out of our hands.) All of a sudden it hit me. This was the last family dinner we would be having at this house. This wasn't a sad thought, as there will be other family dinners at our new home. It was just that sudden realization that next time everything will be different.
Then I was hit by an even stranger thought. I looked around and it suddenly occurred to me that every person there was going to be moving within the next two months. David was moving out to his own place in a few days, we would be moving in a couple weeks, Kellen and Anita are moving to Vancouver at the beginning of August, and Rebekah and Anton are moving to San Francisco at the beginning of September. (Alexandra had to work, so wasn't able to have dinner with us. She is not moving, at least not that I am aware of!)
By the way, the San Francisco thing is Hammond family breaking news. Anton has been offered a job with a tech company, doing something I don't understand and can't explain. So Rebekah got her year in Korea, and now Anton gets his year in the US. It seems like a good trade-off, and there is some hope of a transfer back to Vancouver in a year or so. It also means Rebekah, who got to experience her Korean roots last year, will get to explore her American side this year.
Tomorrow is the beginning of our last full week in Kamloops. Before we know it the "lasts" are going to be replaced by the "firsts." It will be a welcome change.