I’ve taken some long road trips in my life, the longest of which was a drive from a home in Cleveland to a new home in Tucson. What makes a long journey tolerable? It’s not always the thought of the destination, but the little stops along the way that allow us to rest, rejuvenate, and redirect for a while.
That drive to Arizona was not unlike the publishing journey. I went from one place to another that didn’t resemble each other at all, but where I was expected to fit in and make myself at home in a brand new landscape.
But, I remember stopping for the night somewhere in Oklahoma. We had dinner in a little cafe, the kids went swimming in the indoor pool in the hotel. The dog cuddled up in the corner of the room. I’d never been to Oklahoma and was happy to cross it off my list of “states I’ve visited.”
Being part of the Debutante Ball was like my welcomed rest stop in the publishing journey this year. This blog, and the Debs in it, were part of a daily refuge for me where I could stop the busy trip and take a breath, get ready for the rest of the ride. I always knew I’d read an insightful post, often that would make me laugh, and would always make me think.
The sad part is that my journey here, and with Kerry, Dana, Kelly, and Susan, is coming to an end. The happy part is that not only do our publishing journeys continue, but path of The Debutante Ball is never ending. And now when I need a breather, it’ll be the 2014 Debutantes who are waiting on the side of the long road.
And I can’t wait.