May 31, 2016

on mushiness

Do you get really mushy when returning home from trips? 

Mushy meaning emotional, not mushy like you feel fluffy from eating too much. Although that is also a way I feel after trips...

This mushiness, without a doubt, hits me like a ton of bricks on every plane ride back home from a trip. It starts small: a fun memory from my past trip will hit me and I'll smile. Just a faint hint of a smile, but from there it's a domino effect. A full-force domino effect. One memory turns into two which turns into my replaying all my favorite moments from said trip which turns into my replaying ALL moments from the trip. 

Take this past weekend trip, for instance. It was a trip for a bridal shower and bachelorette party for one of my dearest friends and college roommate, Ruth. There's something about being back with close friends that just resets your life and makes you feel complete and whole again. BUT there's REALLY something about being back with close friends all while getting to celebrate love, impending marriages, and big exciting life changes that will reset your outlook on life and love to an entire new level. 

And that's what this past weekend was. Insert lots of exclamation points here !!!! It was a reset and a reminder that life is puhretty flippin' fantastic, thanks for asking. It was also a rather not-so-gentle reminder that my friends and I are way too spread out across the country. That was a mean reminder. It was also a reminder that when one of your friends is marrying such a wonderful guy that there will most definitely be tears involved. Tear, laughs, laughs, laughs, tears, wine, wine, laughs, wine, tears. In that order-ish. That was a wonderful reminder. 
My domino effect plane ride on Sunday night went from one happy memory, to two, to my replaying the weekend, to thinking that the universe knew what it was doing when it put Ruth and George together in London, all the way to somehow suddenly wanting to cry because I was so happy that I married Freddie and was/am excited for what's to come. For us and for everyone. Heck, I was even happy to see what's to come in the future of the screaming baby next to me. Don't ask how I got from Point A of happy bridal shower memories to Point T of wondering what kind of luck it was Ruth and George met to Point LL of being happy I married Freddie to Point ZZ of being excited for the screaming baby's future, but it happened all within about ninety seconds. 

Did I mention I was also reading Me Before You during all of this? So, you know, the force of wanting to cry was strong with this one me. 

So yes. Mushiness. Life is so damn good mushiness. I solemnly swear I had no alcohol, no drugs, and no PMS involved with said domino effect. It simply had to do with the black magic of a return home plane ride. I'm sure of it. 

Next time you're coming home from a trip, try to let the rising altitude make your brain cray and your heart happy. Trust me, just give in.

Ruthie-Poo, you. are. getting. married!!!!!!!!!!

11 comments:

Ruth said...

I'm crying just reading this. Thank you for an incredible weekend (and for organizing my mom's pantry) and for being my roommatesies4sieseversies. Lova love you!!!!

TheNotSoGirlyGirl said...

omg what an awesome weekend you had! =)

the-not-so-girlygirl.blogspot.com

Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders said...

I totally feel the same way when coming home after a long weekend, especially when it involves leaving friends after an amazing weekend! It really does suck after college when everybody moves away, but what makes it better is knowing that it's so easy to stay in contact in our world today! It looks like you had a great weekend celebrating a great friend!

Mattie @ Northwest Native said...

I get mushy moments randomly all the time! I don't go on trips often, but I've had it happen after trips but also just like...when I'm washing the dishes one day (and I hate washing dishes!). Crazy over here.

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

Point ZZ hahaha.
i am mushy alllllllllllllllllllll the time. but i am glad that life is flippin fantastic :)

Meg Taylor said...

What a wonderful weekend you had!! I am totally the same way, and actually have my SIL's bridal shower and bachelorette in 2 weekends, so you know my flight back will be exactly the same.

Meg, Borrowed Heaven

The Siberian American said...

Sounds like such an amazing weekend seeing close friends! I definitely get mushy after seeing people I've been missing!

Kayla MKOY said...

CANNOT BELIEVE YOU WERE IN DAYTON!!!! This is 45 minutes from me, omg. I'm officially freaking out.

WHY DIDN'T WE GET BRUNCH AND TAKE SELFIES?! I am so happy you had a blast!!! :) time with friends always resets me!

Desirae Endres said...

I feel the same way after amazing trips with friends/ family! I'm glad your weekend is so awesome. Also, Me Before You- how was it? I want to read it!

Laura Darling said...

Spending time with friends who knew me way back when always makes me feel mushy. I was in a friend's wedding recently and the whole thing made me so mushy!! We'd been friends since kindergarten and now we're both married and living our grown up lives but still friends and the whole thing made me so sentimental!

The Lady Okie said...

I know the feeling! I get that way too, just thinking about everything and being happy to come home but sad to leave. Glad you had fun! That last picture of you is cute :)

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