As many of you know, I’m leaving the beautiful state of Rhode Island. Actually, I’ve already left. Maybe it’s for good, maybe not. I only know that four years ago, I never would have guessed I’d even visit Little Rhody, much less live there. But, my friend and former News Director in Cleveland asked me to come…and so I did. As with almost any new project I take on, or job I start, I was looking forward to all the possibilities… the new station, the new people, the rich Providence history, the ocean. It would be a lie though if I didn’t tell you that it was also with a bit of trepidation. What if I didn’t make new friends? What if the people were snotty? I have moved SO. MANY. TIMES. Every time I say the same thing to my husband. I’ll never make friends like my old friends. And I don’t. I make different friends.
You know how they say your heart just opens up to allow yourself to love ALL your children as much as you loved the first? THAT’S how I feel about my friends, but I digress. I lived in Rhode Island for a solid year…a very lonely year before it happened. My husband worked out of state and I felt isolated. Admittedly, I worked a tough schedule to go out and socialize (anchoring evenings), and I’m not really a bar girl, but I finally decided to pull on my big girl panties and stop feeling sorry for myself and go out and make some darn friends. It didn’t happen overnight, but it did happen and these women are amazing.
My last week in Rhode Island has been one of my best yet. Maybe it had something to do with my last minute invite to the exclusive Heart Ball set at one of the majestic Newport mansions. I should note, when I told my pals I couldn’t possibly go because all my formal attire was packed up, they said they’d find something for me to wear. And they did.
Or maybe it was the fabulous luncheon the aMomKnowsBest contributors held for me the day before, where they put together a much appreciated gift basket for my big road trip. Notice the gas gift card, wine, and scented lotion. Let’s face it, when you are piling in the car with your husband, dog, and toddler, for a road trip that includes logging thousands of miles– with no real destination in sight– gas money, wine, and smelling good are all necessities. Did I mention how I have the best contributors and friends EVER? While I didn’t get to connect with everyone in my final week in RI, I did get to spend some quality time with a few close friends.
Now, when I say I got to spend quality time with my friends…I really mean quality time. We had to be out of our house last week, so my friend Elizabeth invited us to stay with her family. For those of you keeping track, that’s four adults, five kids and two dogs in ONE house.
I cannot explain how grateful I am to Elizabeth’s family and how much we enjoyed our time there. She may never invite us back (watch this short clip to see why) but knowing the kind of friend Elizabeth is, I think she will.