Home, of course.
One of the biggest changes I’ve experienced since graduation has been being home just about every night. It is strange and wonderful at the same time.
It’s been a bit of an adjustment at times. I don’t feel as organized as I was each week during law school. When you have to pack your clothes, food, and school books each week to ensure you have everything, it is easy to just get everything together for the week on Sunday. Then you don’t have to think about what you’re wearing, eating, or doing on a specific day. It’s all done for you. Now, I not only have to plan things for myself but also for that extra person who is suddenly around me all the time: the hubby. I can’t just watch what I want to watch, or throw just anything together for a meal. I just can’t change the radio station or monopolize the wi-fi.
But it’s also been wonderful. I get to sleep in my own bed at night, and relax on my comfy couch and watch my television. I get to cook real meals and eat fresh food that isn’t reheated every day. I don’t have to worry about forgetting something, because even when I’m at work it’s only a 15 minute drive if I truly need it.
Most of all, I get to come home to my best friend. We wake up in the morning and talk about our dreams from the night before (okay, only the weekends for this one – who has time during the week?!). We come home and talk about how our days were and the latest crisis we dealt with at work. We make dinner together, and share in the chores around the house. We celebrate special and quasi-special occasions, but also have days where we don’t do much but just hang out with each other. We make plans with friends and family, and we even get to make plans for our future, together. It’s like our lives aren’t on hold anymore.
I don’t remember clicking my ruby red slippers three times, but I must have. Because there really is no place like home.