Have you ever been to a place that just captured your heart? You know the saying, “you never knew you loved it until it was gone”, well this is exactly what happened to my husband and I after we moved away from the San Francisco area. Let me start by sharing with you all that my husband is a Marine, and yes, that means we are a military family who experiences moving every 3 years. In 2010, we were given an opportunity to fill a small spot in the Bay area. It was nice while we lived there, we had a very small military community, and so we were forced to live amongst the locals. So many fond memories happened there, I birthed my first child there, reconnected with old and developed new friendships, and just had an overall great experience. I love how we were given the opportunity to live there and experience all the things this city had to offer.
My husband was given an invitation for a work function in SF two weeks ago, so of course we packed up the car, the kids, and off we went. With the help of family who gave us a place to stay, we were able to make this trip happen, where we could visit this great city once again. We’ve visited many times since moving away, and every time is different. I am reminded every time about how much I love the city, the diversity, the hustle, the culture, and of course my friends. There’s just so many different areas to explore, discovering something new every time we go. For me, I think what makes a good experience every duty station we’ve been to is the area, the people, and the relationships I developed from there. So far, I’ve had good experiences at all our duty stations, but this particular one won my heart. I will always keep a special place in my heart for this city. I love how I can carry the memories with me, and always feel a sense of calmness and belonging when I go back. So till next time SF, you will stay in my heart until I can revisit!