I've had a strong urge to live in NYC since I was a young girl.
A wise teacher of mine told me that in applying to MFA programs, the important thing is to select a city in which you would like to live and write in for 2-3 years.
Sebastian's mother is also ready for a change.
Early in the new year we will be heading east to take up the city life.
We've thought long and hard about what this would be like for our family, about how it might work. Our trip there last April was a good glimpse at how it might be. And I think it might be just about perfect.
The next couple of months will be full of packing, studying for the GRE, taking on a part time job to pay for my applications ($700 just to apply to five schools! most people apply to 10-15 different schools -- I have no idea how they can afford that!), finalizing my manuscript (25 pages of brand spaking new prose), celebrating birthdays, making our so-longs to the dear friends we've made here. The boys and I will head to Kansas City for a month or so to stay with my family while Sebastian makes way for us in the city, settling into a job and finding the right apartment for us.
It kind of feels like going home.