The end of a show contract is always a strange time because we all know we're about to leave all the friends we've made. I'll probably get to work with some of them on other ice shows down the road, but there's an equal chance that I may never see some of them again. It's the proverbial parting of ways. Ugh.
I've gone through this time once or twice a year for the past 7 years and I still find it unsettling.
These are the things I'll miss about this contract when it's over:
1. My Sandusky bffs. Each and every one of them.
2. Having wordless conversations with my friend Shawna using just our eyes.
3. Seeing everybody (and their stuffed animals) wearing the bows I knitted for them back in June.
4. Singing the 4-show-day song with the other Laura.
5. Laughing so hard with Andy during the show that I can barely stay on my feet.
But as each contract comes to a close, there's more to it than just leaving it all behind; there's also the excitement for what's coming next. For me, that will be a 6-week break at home in Denver before my next skating contract in the Caribbean.
I can't wait to spend all that time at home!
These are the things I'm looking forward to at home:
1. Hanging out with my family and my Denver bffs. I am so incredibly lucky to still have great friends back at home even though I haven't lived there full-time in 7 years. (See you soon, Button!!!)
2. Unlimited time for knitting and crafting. Yay!
3. Yoga. In a real studio with real instructors.
4. Living within a mile or two of Whole Foods, Vitamin Cottage, and Sunflower Market. It's seriously gluten free heaven.
5. Leaf peeping. I can't wait to spend my favorite time of year in my favorite place in the world.
I guess the point of all this is that even though I'm sad to be leaving good old Sandusky, the future is looking pretty darn awesome as well. And thanks to modern technology (I'm looking at you, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snap Chat, etc.) I know that all the friends I'll be missing will really only be a phone call (or a text or a tweet) away.
You stay classy, Sandusky.