It’s a done deal.
I’ve finished my last day of my last legislative session.
I had a lovely evening after we adjourned with the people I love. When I came home, it felt so good. I just looked around and thought how much I love being here.
Then, when I went to bed, I couldn’t sleep. I got up, got dressed, got in my car and drove around. I even drove back to the capitol building and did a loop around it.
In the course of that drive, I went over the personal things about this job. I said good-bye, one by one, to the few things I will miss. I said good riddance to the many other things I am glad to be rid of. I said a lot of thank-yous to Jesus.
After all that, I came back home, went back to bed and slept the sleep of peace.
Today, I’m going to take my mother out for the ice cream and the drive that she’s been missing (and complaining about missing) for the past few weeks. I’m also going to go get paint samples to paint a room in my house.
I plan to take a week away from blogging to rededicate my life and to seek God’s guidance for what’s ahead. I also need rest and healing time. I plan to be back here and at it on June 2.
Several readers have expressed concern that I will stop blogging. That is not going to happen. I know that this blog and writing are a big part of my future. If the way things have worked in the past are a predictor of the future, I’ll come back from this prayer time ready to roll.
In the meantime, thank you for all the wonderful things you’ve said to me the past few days. It’s been a gift, walking this path with you.
Here are a few iPhone snap shots from my last day:
Legislator’s eye view of the House floor in session.
Looking across the chamber from my desk.
Saying good-bye to the staff.
My seat mate, office mate, best bud, Representative Anastasia Pittman.
Last vote. I don’t remember what the bill was. I do remember that this was a vote on the emergency clause of the bill.
View from the podium just before we made the Sine Die motion. The top glassed in gallery is the press booth.