The Beginning of the End

This is the beginning of the end -- second to the last entry. I know I've said this before -- but time really does fly. I've been writing with you over 2 years. We've been together through a lot. This almost feels like a break-up.

It really is me this time -- I promise.

We're practically family -- you and I. Don't take my departure too hard. (It'll be hard for me, though). I'll miss you guys -- just like I'll miss all of my family here. We've been together for 3-½ years. I honestly don't know what I'm going to do when we're all apart -- probably cry. We've already talked about harassing each other from afar -- texting each other at godawful hours of the night (since I'll be 3 hours behind here), and flying back and forth to see each other (since we'll finally have the money to do so). I've already started recruiting them to move out to Oregon. (The power of inception is a beautiful thing).

You all have been "listening" to me talk, for the last 2+ years, about these people. So, I thought I'd introduce you -- to the people that have kept me going. These people are my family.


Here is Julia. Julia has honestly been the glue that has held me together for the last 3-½ years. If we were off from school, she and I still emailed and texted back and forth at least once a day. We stayed, and studied together during boards. Anyone that can deal with me when I'm that neurotic deserves sainthood. We've laughed together. We've cried together. We've dissected together. She's my sister and my best friend. I'm going to miss her most of all. She's my rock and I can't imagine having done any of this without her.


Joe has been my work/school brother since right after we met. He actually reminds me of my brother (except he's cool and I actually like him). He's given me way too many pep talks, helped me out with all kinds of business-type stuff, and has the most hilarious brotherly advice.


This is Leslie. Leslie came late in the game. She started here (transferred from Lombard) after 8th Tri -- but it feels like she's been a part of the "family" forever. From her pet lizard Roger, to her brand new baby Emma, she's always been amazing -- plus she cracks me up! She's probably glad I'm leaving Florida, because I keep teasing that I'll run off with her baby. Crazy Auntie Andrea will always be around Leslie... don't worry.


This guy probably has the biggest heart I've ever seen. Well, I haven't ACTUALLY seen it -- but I've listened to it. This is Ricky. Let me tell you, that he has been through hell and back, and always has a smile on his face, some new tune for me to listen to, or a REALLY corny joke. He joined our motley crew from an upper Tri -- but he never missed a beat. He's the only other intern that has stayed until late into the night (or so it felt) with me, working on paperwork. He's always been a dedicated guy.


Dave is the quiet guy sitting in the corner -- who, when he does decide to share something -- usually blows my mind. We've both, not so secretly at times, plotted to overthrow the powers that be (on more than 2 occasions). I honestly can't wait to see what he does in the future. He may be president someday. (I'll vote for you, Dave).


Last, but certainly not least, is Antoinette. Antoinette is the epitome of sassy, and she gives great hugs. She's another strong, quiet force sitting in the corner. But, she has a lot to say. She's great with her patients, and I know she'll be amazing. I can't wait to see where she goes.

There have been other people in my family here. Some are over at the other clinic, like Alid, who was so sweet that he even helped me move. (He's a smart guy -- look out for him in the future too!) But, our group here -- we're the close ones. I'm going to miss them terribly -- and all of you.


Next week -- the grande finale. Have a great one, Everybody.