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Thursday, August 04, 2005

Heartbroken

Frank and Janelle are moving away to Richland, Washington. This makes me tremendously sad. Janelle is the whole reason I learned to dance and kept at it through the early, ugly, learning stages. Without her Dancers Anonymous, I'd have never gotten started. And over the years she's been one of the most influential and admired people in my life. I've never known anyone so well grounded. And she's also gotten me to do things I would've never tried otherwise, especially Balkan singing. I don't sing. I make a terrible noise when I sing. But Janelle encouraged me to try it at Lark camp, and later organized the women to do it for Lenaea. It was beautiful, and we made the audience cry. I've never before or since been part of something with such perfect beauty. When Frank came into her life, they were such a perfect match. They balanced and completed each other, and both of them have excelled in each other's company. Frank tries hard to pretend he's a mean old man, but he's just about the nicest, kindest, most generous person I know, next to his wife.

A while ago, Frank learned his job in SF would be going away. There was talk of transfer to Tennessee or North Carolina or Iceland. As each of those dissolved, I breathed a sigh of relief. We'd find Frank a new job here. We had to. My hope had been that we could build an in-law unit in our backyard and install them in our household permanently. Researching that, it turns out that isn't really possible because of zoning rules. Then he finally got the official 60 day notice from the company, and now just a few days later, he's been offered a transfer to Richland, Washington. He starts there in 17 days, and they've got to pack up their life and move between now and then. My inner child is having a temper tantrum, screaming NO and kicking inside my head. It's such a short time frame, there's no hope of even getting him interviewed and hired somewhere else.

I'm heartbroken. Janelle has always been friend, foundation, and spiritual guide (for what little sense of spirituality I have). Frank is her perfect match. There will be a big hole left when they're more than an hour out of reach.

Um, does anyone need a well-trained Windows security administrator right now? If so, please speak up.

2 Comments:

  • We love you guys too...and we're excited and sad and every other emotion you can think of right now. If something better comes up between now and then, well we'll take it. But that's not likely I'm afraid. But we'll have a bigger place up there and we'll set aside a room with your names on it for any time you want to come up.

    By Blogger Flonkbob, at 8:16 AM  

  • No reason they couldn't come back. Sherman and Shauna were in Arizona for a year and came back...

    By Blogger Chris S, at 11:33 AM  

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