How lucky am I, to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard. -Winnie the Pooh
Had you told me 3 months ago that some of my best friends would have included a Brit, a New Yorker, a Bulgarian and a Georgian, I would have laughed in your face. But I guess God has a funny way of throwing the most interesting, funny, incredible people in your life when you need them most.
I found my way up to a little town on Cape Cod called Wellfleet in late April of 2017. I had no idea what to expect except for the fact that I was going to learn way more about seafood than any Tennesseean girl ever would have dreamed. My life consisted of waking up, going to work at one of THE most popular seafood dives on the Cape so I've learned first hand, then coming home to the same people I worked with. That alone was a totally new concept to me. Over time you start to realize that those people are your backbone. They are the only things that get you through the day. They deal with the same customers good and bad, they go through the same struggles with you, and at the end of the day they are the ones who know exactly what you mean when you go through a 20 minute rant about the term 'vacation brain.' Half way through my season, I realized that I saw them way more than I even saw my family back at home. And that shapes your relationships and friendships in a way thats almost too specific to put into words.
These people see you cry over the smallest things and comfort you like you just had a life altering event take place. These people willingly drive over an hour for good Mexican food. These people make you laugh so hard that you choke on ice cream and literally almost die. These people get way to into the idea of turning your employee housing into the best Frat House on the Cape or in the country but who can really decide that…rush Grammas Apple Pi. These people give you in site into different cultures and customs that you never knew existed. These people make you see the world in a different and much more beautiful perspective.
And I wasn't prepared.
I wasn't prepared for how much you can love and need someone over 4 months. I wasn't prepared for the new type of love I was shown. I wasn't prepared for the way they taught me how to love myself. And I sure as heck wasn't prepared to tell them goodbye. I wasn't prepared to not hear Pearre's laugh in the morning or Violina belt 'You raise me up' every other night before bed. I wasn't prepared to not have Casey there when I go to bed and when I wake up in the bed right next to mine. I wasn't prepared to not hug Megan every day. I wasn't ready for Paige to not come walking in our door every night. I wasn't prepared to let these people go.
So some words of wisdom to those who are thinking about doing seasonal work… It's hard. It's stressful. It's so painful to leave your family. But do it. Find somewhere with employee housing and invest a season of your life to the unknown. The people you meet and the places you'll get to see shape you way more than you'd ever imagine. You'll laugh till you cry and you'll cry till you laugh. You'll learn so much about the world and yourself and it's beautiful. Get out of your comfort zone and just go. It'll be one of the greatest adventures of your life.