Saying Goodbye: Part III

So that’s it. Tomorrow is the big day.

I feel like I’ve been running myself ragged the past few weeks. Tuesday was our goodbye brunch at Nana and Papa’s. Wednesday and Thursday was full of errands and tonight Mom fixed pork chops for Indi and I. I love me some home cooked pork chops.

Saying goodbye to my immediate family was hardest. I’ve been strong the whole time but I won’t sit here and tell you that I didn’t get all emotional about it. It’s hard saying adios to my friends and family, knowing that two Christmases will go by before I see them again. I’ll be 30. Yes, I’m embarking on a great adventure…but I know the landscape of what I know now will be quite a bit different upon my return.

I’m saying goodbye to life as I know it. People as I know them. Me as I know me.

I got to say goodbye to most of the people I wanted to see. Time ran out so fast. I didn’t get to see everyone. I feel bad about that. But it is what it is.

Tomorrow at roughly 11 AM we’ll be en route to Dallas. This is it.

It begins.

About rhysfunk

Rhys Martin was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1981. In 2009, he sold everything he owned and left the country, living out of a backpack for ten months. He discovered a passion for photography while traveling throughout Southeast Asia and Europe. After returning home, he looked at his home town and Oklahoma heritage with fresh eyes. When he began to explore his home state, Rhys turned his attention to historic Route 66. As he became familiar with the iconic highway, he began to truly appreciate Oklahoma’s place along the Mother Road. He has traveled all 2,400 miles of Route 66, from Chicago to Los Angeles. He has also driven many miles on rural Oklahoma highways to explore the fading Main Streets of our small towns. Rhys has a desire to find and share the unique qualities of the Sooner State with the rest of the world. Cloudless Lens Photography has been featured in several publications including This Land, Route 66 Magazine, Nimrod Journal, Inbound Asia Magazine, The Oklahoman, and the Tulsa World. In 2018 he published his first book, Lost Restaurants of Tulsa. Rhys loves to connect with people and share his experiences; ask him about enjoyable day trips from Tulsa, locations along Route 66, and good diners or burger joints along the way.
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