It seems my life is on a 13 year cycle. I spent 13 years working and living in Palm Beach, Florida and the last 13 living and working in Venice, California. Now it seems a new 13 year cycle has taken hold and new adventures await. As I say goodbye to the beach town that I love, I wanted to share a few more of my favorite things and share the experience with you!
Saying goodbye after 13 years in a community, and after 13 years of living in the same house, is not easy. The week before I left to begin my new chapter, I walked around the house touching the walls, sitting on the stairs, and musing out the window at the twin palms I see from my bedroom. Fitting for Hollywood, I was a bit dramatic, and cried a thousand tears. When the expecting young couple came to buy the rocker that I had nursed my daughter in and read story time tales to for the last three years, I wasn’t sure I could sell it and through tears told them how I will miss it and its memories. At least they know it was loved.
There was a lot of “this will be the last time I sleep in this house. . .” kind of melodrama. I’m glad I let the emotions flow through me and I’m grateful to Venice and all the learning years I spent there. As I write this, I am on the plane for my first trip back (o.k., it’s only been three weeks!), and I’m happy to have friends moving into my home as I know they will love it and the community as much as I do.
Several photos here are courtesy of Steve Reiss, neighbor and friend for the last 13 years. Steve has seen me through it all and I will miss him!
P.S. On my last morning in Venice, I had huevos rancheros at the Rose. The staff sang to me and brought me a candle in a slice of French toast. A toast to new beginnings. I can’t wait to settle into my usual table tomorrow morning and have an iced tea waiting for me before I even sit down. Old habits die hard.