I will miss you terribly
Of all the things I will miss when I move this week, I will miss my morning break the most. It started as a break I took alone quickly walking to Subway for three chocolate chip cookies and iced tea. Always at about 11 a.m.
Just as routine was a morning visit from Linda Gastelum, of Baldwin Lumber fame. She'd stop by after collecting the mail. Always shortly after 9 a.m.
Sometime in the midst of our routines, I learned she was at Subway when the doors open at 10 a.m. for three chocolate chip cookies fresh out of the oven and an iced tea.
It became a break we took together. And my original five minute break often lasted much longer, as it was mixed with conversation at the lumber yard and visits with other people in the midst of their routines.
I will miss my break with Linda, because she is a good friend, and because it's a routine I likely won't return to in Lincoln. I won't be able to talk horses with Larry Parkin across the street at the post office. Larry Paine won't be waving hello or stopping by as he walks past the office.
Ann Pearson and Christina Madl won't be a door away for my daily source of bottled water, gossip and a frequent place to clear my mind. Although I won't miss Monday night city council or school board meetings much, I will miss catching up with Carol Taul at The Lodge before the meetings.
I can't imagine working without Jeff Myrick, perhaps the best friend I have made in Kansas.
And what will I ever do without a Walt's Pizza Cafe nearby?
I might as well be stepping into an episode of "Survivor," instead of Nebraska.
There is no guarantee that I won't have any of this in Lincoln. I'm sure to find a new routine (as soon as I find a job). But come 10 a.m., I will miss you all terribly.