While Pam and I have always celebrated our wedding anniversary in August (it will be 17 years, this year!), we also now celebrate another anniversary today, which is the date we settled here in Vancouver. Back in 2005 we arrived here with a bunch of suitcases, an inflatable mattress and blanket from Target in Bellevue and a couple of laptops (including my ancient Tibook, not quite ready to retire).
It hasn’t been quite long enough for those first few weeks and months to take on the glow of ‘cherished memories’, but they weren’t all that bad either. It did take an extra 3 or 4 months for our furniture and other belongings to finally make their way here from Boston (with quite a few broken items), but we made do, camping out in our nearly empty condo and furnishing it for the summer via a couple trips to IKEA and Canadian Tire.
This evening we took a walk along False Creek, just like we did regularly in 2005. Sometimes two years feels like a short time, and sometimes it feels like a long time ago. So much has happened, and so much as changed, that I’m thinking it’s the long time ago feeling for me. No regrets, though (we both agreed).