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But it was only last week when it hit me…I’m a grown up.By Whitney Fisch
I’m 33 years-old, been married for 3 years, have an 18 month-old daughter but it was only last week when it hit me . . . I’m a grown-up.
Now please, don’t get me wrong. I am fully aware of my adult responsibilities. I rarely stay up past 10PM, I work a full time job as a school counselor, run a food blog (that’s my Kale & Butternut Squash Quesadilla recipe over there), have my own personal chef business and then there’s the business of raising a kid so, yes, I’m fully aware of my responsibilities. But it wasn’t until I was on a business trip in LA last week that also coincided with visiting my daughter’s future preschool that the full weight of adulthood set in.
Let me introduce myself. My name is Whitney and I’m in the beginning stages of one of the biggest changes of my life. It was only 3 months ago that I received the phone call that would change the course of my life thus far. Though, to be fair, I’m a pretty spiritual woman so maybe this was Gd’s plan all along but I didn’t get the memo about the plan until recently so I’m still in shock.
My husband and I have been living in Miami for the past 3 years. We moved down here from Ann Arbor, MI after I finished Social Work school so that he could begin working on his PhD in Marine Biology at the University of Miami. I took a job as a middle school counselor at a local Jewish Day School and half way through our time in Miami we had our beloved daughter, Siona. We’ve been living In relative low-key peace since moving here and had no plans to move to LA . . . ever.
Then I received a call from a former boss who had recently taken the position of Head of School at Milken Community High School. Little did I know that when he moved to LA, he had plans to build a comprehensive student life department at Milken and he wanted me to be a major player in the development. Long story short, he called, he wooed, we flew to LA, and one month later I was signing a contract to take the position of Director of Counseling. Yikes. Ever since that phone call offering me a position I didn’t know I always wanted, life has been on full-throttle. We will be moving at the end of June and will be fulfilling a lifelong dream I’ve had to drive cross-country in an RV during the move. And though there are so many details to work out and so many questions left unanswered, my biggest struggle lies in coming to terms with the fact that my partner, my husband, will have to stay in Miami to complete his final year in his PhD program. It’s just one year and he has the kind of job that allows him flexibility to travel and visit us but still, we are one of those couples that really likes spending time together. I think about all the changes that are about to occur and I wonder how the heck am I going to get through it with a positive outlook without my best friend by my side? For all intents and purposes, I will be a single mom (albeit it temporarily and with the support of a loving husband who just happens to be all the way across the country) in a new job and a new city. I must be nuts. Yes, I must be nuts but one thing I’m not is a scaredy cat. The next year or so of my life will be terrifying and exhilarating and well, I guess there’s nothing else to do but buckle up and enjoy the ride (and make sure the car is full of gas. Dang, you guys got a lot of traffic in LA). Here we come, y’all!
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