I walked off the plane today at Reagan National Airport and adjusted my baseball cap a little lower over my eyes. With minimal make-up, jeans and just a few hours of sleep, I was hoping to walk out of the terminal with very little eye contact with anyone.
I got as far as the first food kiosk before a man hollered my name, "Hey, Ellen!"
When I turned toward him (very self conscious of the fact that my short hair was spilling out in awkward places under my hat), he seemed to instantly realize I wasn't ready for any attention. So he leaned toward me instead and quietly said, "I love watching you on Channel 9!"
We smiled at each other, I gave him a very sincere "thank you" and we went our separate ways.
(Inserting the clip just in case you somehow haven't seen this movie as many times as I have. Go to :20 seconds into it.)
These last four months of trips and vacation time have been a blast. But am I ever glad to be home and ready to get back to a normal routine.
Doesn't it seem like summer always ends up this way? The packed calendars of reunions, weddings, showers, concerts, festivals and parties (plus the hot weather) makes this my favorite time of year.
But the best part might be all of this constant activity forcing you to live in the moment. Otherwise, it's all too overwhelming.
When April started, I looked ahead at the next 16 weeks and slightly panicked. My calendar was crammed. So I hung a quote on my bathroom wall to focus day-to-day instead.
One day at a time - this is enough... Live in the present and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering." - Ida Scott Taylor
I will tell you what, it worked. I'm sitting here at the end of a four month vacation marathon - and I don't regret a single day. Living in the moment, reconnecting with nearly everyone who made me who I am today - that's what made these last four months special.
Did I miss all of the latest updates on social media? Yes. Have I all but abandoned this blog? Yes.
But stepping out of the digital world to live in the actual one was more than worth it. Plus, I'm making up my blogging hiatus to you now, with a recap photo gallery below.
To my family and friends who made this spring and summer so memorable - thank you! As we said at our high school reunion last night, let's not wait too long before we get together again.