It’s the first day of May, also known as May Day, a traditional Spring holiday and day of celebration in many cultures, it is also my first day of unemployment.
I resigned from my job of almost eight years yesterday because my family and I are moving from San Diego, California to Jacksonville, Florida in less than a week. My husband retired from the United States Navy recently and we decided to move back to my hometown to be closer to family.
Our twelve years in San Diego has been an amazing journey. I found a new appreciation for my husband, I found great friends who will be with me for life, and I found a rewarding and challenging job that helped me grow into a leader. I have experienced joy and laughter along with pain and sadness.
San Diego has been very, very good to us.
I decided that in order to celebrate the beauty of San Diego, my daughters and I would experience one last west coast sunset at the beach. My girlfriends and I have been going to this particular spot on Coronado beach for about ten years and it felt appropriate that we spend one more evening at the place where we had so many good times together.
Coronado Beach, Coronado, CA May 2014
Panoramic view of Sunset.
Tomorrow, we will worry about taking boxes of stuffed animals and clothes to the Goodwill, but today we honor our friendships and this beautiful city by enjoying what she has to offer.
Me and my grown-up BFF
Spring is a time of new beginnings, and I can’t think of any day better than May Day to start a new beginning for us.
At any rate, after school yesterday, the family headed to The Olive Garden for lunch and wandered around the mall looking for a replacement AC power cord for my thirteen year old’s cell phone. She left it at her friend’s house during a sleep over and I highly doubt that we will ever see it again. It’s better than losing the phone, I suppose.
Today, Marshall and I went to Mt Soledad. It’s a beautiful spot of land where you can visit a Veterans Memorial as well as get a 360 degree view of San Diego.
The San Diego skyline under a blanket of marine layer
Unfortunately, the marine layer hadn’t yet worn off, so the view wasn’t as spectacular as we had hoped. I was going there to take some photos, but sadly most of them came out poorly. I plan to go back during the winter months when there’s no marine layer to compete with.
- A wall of the Veterans Memorial
Another wall of Veterans
The walls of plaques are really nice. There are plaques from every branch of service and war era since Korea, and it’s really interesting to just walk around and read about the many courageous people who have given themselves to serve this country. I didn’t know this until today, but heroes both living and dead are honored in the memorial.
The centerpiece of the monument is a giant cross that towers over the memorial. This cross has been a controversial matter in San Diego for about twenty years. Many people feel that the cross is inappropriate as the monument is on public land and the cross on it shows favoritism of the Government toward one religion, but supporters have been fighting it and, at least for today, the cross still stands.
The Controversial Cross