16 of 31 - SOLSC 2018
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Stepping out into the cool darkness the first thing I do is look up and smile. The dome of night is puncture by bright, twinkling stars. Orion hangs over the pool as I start out on my walk. Joshua Molina and Hrishikesh Hirway fill my ears with their banter while discussing The West Wing. The early morning air is perfect. I start with a light sweatshirt, but tie it around my waist as my body temperature rises. As I round the far side of the compound call to prayer sneaks through the pauses in the podcast. Surprisingly, tears come to my eyes. "I will miss this," I think to myself.
I pause my thinking to acknowledge that this is part of the ending. Realizing what is happening in these moments - giving them their moment - and being thankful for what we have had. Three months from now I will be in Seattle, and not returning to Yanbu. You see, our school is closing. We are trying to do it well. There are lots of expected sticking points. It's the surprise endings that get me.