Seven years ago, I moved from New York City to Omaha. JB, a military officer stationed at Offutt Air Force Base, had recently proposed, and I was eager for us to start our life together — even if that meant living in Nebraska, a thousand miles away from friends and family.
I’ll confess that I cried upon arriving in Omaha. With a population of fewer than 500,000, Nebraska’s largest city felt like big town to me, especially after living in NYC, Washington, D.C., and Boston. Yes, it was filled with very friendly Midwesterners, but it lacked so many of the stores, cultural attractions, and conveniences to which I had grown accustomed.
JB promised that one day we’d move back East. Omaha is only temporary, he’d remind me.
In the meantime, we got married, bought a house, adopted a dog, and had two kids. We made friends and said goodbye to friends, though many of them will remain forever in our lives. We dealt with multiple deployments and a failed business venture, and I tried my hand at several different occupations, none of which ever felt right to me.
The past seven years have been an adventure. A slow, mostly boring adventure, but an adventure nonetheless.
It feels appropriate to tell you today, on JB’s birthday, that we’re gearing up for our next adventure. JB applied for voluntary separation pay (VSP) in February and was approved in late spring. His last day as an officer in the Air Force will be at the end of September, and once he’s a civilian, there will be no reason for us to remain in Omaha.
It’s time to go east.
Or maybe west?
Right now we don’t know where we will end up. JB can pretty much do anything, anywhere, although for many years the plan was to move near D.C. so he could parlay the skills he’s acquired in the military into some sort of government or contractor position.
If you know of any jobs in D.C., Virginia, or Maryland that would be perfect for a veteran like JB, let me know. Heck, if you know of any jobs anywhere that would be perfect for either of us, please let me know!
I’m so proud of everything JB has accomplished in his time with the Air Force, and I’m excited to see him thrive in whatever it is he chooses to do next. He is an amazing dad, a supportive partner, and an all-around hard-working guy, and I wish him the happiest of birthdays today. Love you!
(photos taken in January 2014 by Hooton Images for A Girl Named PJ)