–Arizona’s Centennial. AZ turned 100 on Valentine’s day. As a student in AZ for 16 years I longed for this centennial. For years I sat in public school classrooms daydreaming of being there for the centennial, happy that my state was so young that I would be able to experience this when it had happened to most other states decades ago. I think most other school children did, too.
And then I lived in Germany at the time. Doh! To celebrate, Big Ive and I made a paper AZ flag to commemorate the day and I wore my ASU shirt. (ASU shirt doubled as a special Valentine’s Day attire for LOML as we met at ASU and he bought me that shirt. How sweet.)
–My older brother’s 30th birthday. It is his golden birthday, 30 on the 30th. And I missed it, too. And I got his card in the mail about a week after his birthday. Little sister fail.
–My little sister’s 21st birthday. My youngest sibling will finally turn 21. (That means all of us kids are getting old!!! Agh!!)
She was my nanny for about a year and a half with Big Ive and then with Little E. Dangit. I miss her and I’m sad I won’t be there to celebrate in a month’s time.
–My high school reunion. Strangely, I have been looking forward to my 10 year high school reunion for a long time. I still can’t believe I graduated from high school 10 years ago. That means I really am getting older.
LOML and I threw around the idea of going back home at that time so I could attend, but it happens to fall when the biggest concert is for our village band so I definitely can’t miss that. Bummer.
–A friend’s wedding.
–My nephew was born.
Those are the ones I can think of right away. I’m sure there are more big events I’m missing back home this year that make me sad to be here. Not to mention the countless dinners with family, various other “small” holidays, birthday parties for friends, get-togethers, etc, etc, etc.