Wow. It’s finally here.
I don’t think I’ve ever been more amazed in my life.
It’s late, so I probably shouldn’t write too long, but I wanted to thank everyone with whom I’ve been in the past couple months. You have been so good to me! I don’t think I can count how many times people have taken me out to lunch or some equivalent. A number of you have also been generous enough to give me even more than that! So thank you all! Words cannot repay everything that people have given me, but it truly means a lot to have such a warm farewell! I will miss all my friends and family here in Fairfax, Virginia. In some ways, I feel like I already am. I also know that there were some people that I didn’t get the chance to say goodbye to, or to give a proper goodbye to; truly, if I had the time before I left, I would have, but the couple weeks leading up to my departure were a little crazy. So, those of you with whom this was the case, please forgive me and know that I didn’t forget about you.
But now I turn ahead of me to, well, something really big. This will be the closest physically I’ve been to Japan in five years, but in some ways, it’s the closest that I’ve ever been before. I’m on the edge of everything familiar, all the good people and good things I’ve known here, and also, on the edge of something so new. One of commentators suggested taking a deep breath. I should probably take more than one. And I should probably go get some rest, too 😛
But this is so huge. I am so thankful, so excited for this moment, this upcoming season, I can’t even begin to describe it.
Japan, at long last, here I come.