I just accepted a new position recently, and I've been wrapping things up at work. I feel like this is a good time for a change of scenery, and, unexpectedly, I received the biggest confirmation of that need just two days ago.
I arrived at my 'old' job around 12pm on Tuesday. I walked into the back kitchen area for a moment, and as I did, I gazed, as I often do, out the back window.
However, this time I realized something. I noticed a man cutting the lawn of the park adjacent to my current place of business, and it hit me. It's definitely spring (though some days really seem like summer).
To better understand this, you'll need a little background.
My daughter would go to that park everyday, in the nice weather, last year. I got to watch as she went from an observer of to a participator in play. I would look everyday for her little hat to be wandering around in the park, and my heart would swell when I'd locate her. Sometimes she'd be on the massive jungle gym, sometimes she'd be along the length of the fence watch the 'big' kids having swimming lessons, sometimes she'd be running around in the giant yard of the park, sometimes she would swing, etc...
Now, within the parameters of the park is the community pool, and Catelyn loved the pool so much! In some ways, I actually think she loved it more than she loved my husband or myself. I only say that because whenever either of us would go to pick her up, she'd start to run towards us in excitement, but would quickly realize that we were there to take her home, and she'd try to run away.
There were even days when the weather wasn't nice out, and we'd go to her daycare to find her wandering around with her beach towel in her hand, trying to remind her daycare mom that it was, in fact, time to go swimming.
She was definitely a water bug. :)
So, as I stared out the back window of the kitchen, I realized how my heart would not only ache, but also break, each time I walked to the back of the office and caught a glimpse of children running, jumping, sliding, swinging, and swimming this summer.
I'm certainly not trying to run away from the pain, but it was very relieving to know that I wouldn't have to endure that same view this year.
It's certainly hard missing Catelyn.