This weekend was magical. I spent it with Christopher in Birmingham, Alabama, and had the best time ever. Now, Alabama isn't really somewhere that comes to mind when I think about what the best weekend ever looks like, but because of who I got to spend it with, it really was the best.
Today is a big day. It's the day that all of the applications for residency programs are due. As of 9:00 this morning, all of our choices will be in. All of our research and trying to decide where to apply and where we might want to live is over. All of Chris' hard work over the past 4 years has been for this. And once he submits his applications, he's done all he can do. It now moves into hands off and pray like crazy that you get some interviews.
The trip to Birmingham was because it's a potential place to live next year. Again, not really at the top of my list, but at this point, I'm trying to have an open mind. Since, apparently, I am not in charge of how everything turns out for everyone. If only.
When I got to Alabama, I had the best time. The weather was perfect, the parks were perfect, the food was perfect, hanging out with Christopher and dreaming/freaking out/discussing our future was perfect.
And most of all, the timing was perfect. Because on a day like today--one that holds so much significance and finality--it would be easy to freak out (of course I will) and worry that we didn't apply to the right places and start making a list of the only places I will be happy living.
But instead, I'm just going to think of Alabama. And how no, I don't really want to live there. But if I had to, it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world. It wouldn't even be close. It would be the best, because of who I get to live there with.
So today is big. It kicks off the biggest, scariest, most adventurous season yet. But after this weekend, I just have a feeling that no matter what schools call about interviews, or how many interviews he goes on, or where we actually match, life is going to be really, really beautiful.
"Home, let me go home. Home is wherever I'm with you."