Thursday, March 21, 2013

Peripatetic


per·i·pa·tet·ic  

/ˌperipəˈtetik/
Adjective
Traveling from place to place, esp. working or based in various places for relatively short periods.

Noun
A person who travels from place to place.


I led a peripatetic life in my youth.  I moved from Oklahoma (college) to Connecticut (college) to central coast, California (young love) back to Connecticut (from one job to another), and then to Egypt (newlywed), over to Michigan (Spouse's PhD), during which time I also took an apartment in NYC to ease the Detroit-JFK commute for my job, then down to Oklahoma (chickens come home to roost?) and now, in rural Kansas for ten years.
And now, our daughter Gillian is living the same itinerant lifestyle - and what fun it seems to be!  From K-State to KU, and a summer working in Atlanta, and a summer working in San Diego, and finally, after a summer working in China, she moved to Kansas City for a new job.  But now, a new job on Cape Cod beckons her, and she is once again packing up her old kit bag and, smiling, heading out.  Heading east.  
That Spouse o' Mine and I went to Kansas City today, in part to bring some material possessions back home to store for her, and in part, just to have a day with her.  Our day was cut short by the snow-sleet weather, but fun was had nonetheless.  We lunched at what has become a favorite little French restaurant, Aixois.  
Tomorrow Gillian will come home and spend the weekend (her 26th birthday!) and then she is off!  Off to prove her potential and her mettle.  And adventurous side.  

2 comments:

Gill said...

Haha, I like that. I have never even heard that word before.

twebsterarmstrong said...

I learned it from a Manhattan Transfer song years and years (and years!)ago.

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