Now that we've shared the news, A and I are focused on preparing for our move abroad. The enormity of it all is only starting to sink in, and while I'm mostly over-the-moon excited, I'm also a bit overwhelmed with emotions. So, I'm dedicating this post to some of the things I love and will miss about our life in Rhode Island.
My students. I currently teach in an alternative model where teachers cycle with students and therefore build untraditionally close relationships with them. I'm finishing up year two with my kids and the news that I would not be returning for year three has been crushing. But kids are resilient and there are so many ways to stay in touch, even within a thirteen-hour time difference.
Our loft. It doesn't get much sunlight, but it's been a sweet home for two teachers these past two years. My commute to school is not five minutes and we can bike or walk into downtown (or downcity) Providence.
Saturday trips to the summer farmers market. Usually we make a stop for my favorite cold-pressed juice, but I also love to pick up or even just look at the fresh produce and other goods. One of my colleagues sells delectable ice cream sandwiches, there's a free bike check in the park, and everyone is always in friendly spirits. It's nice to walk around the East Side, pick up a fresh fruit tart from Pastiche or a pastry from Seven Stars, and/or head to an Orangetheory class before or after.
New England fall. Fall has always been my favorite season but in New England, it has its own charm. My favorite batch of juice, Apple Pie, is in season, or I can stay warm with my favorite chai from Caffe Bon Ami. There's so much to do and see, and so many ways to cosy up; apart from Christmas, it's the most wonderful time of the year. I'm trying to convince A to make an annual trip back each fall.
Lilly Pulitzer dress | Jack Rogers sandals