I backtracked a little this week, back to LA to housesit for the family I nannied for in college, the Morreales, and to celebrate my friend Jill’s 30th birthday in Manhattan Beach.
Every time I drop in to say hi to the Morreales, I wonder if this will be the time they realize it’s creepy that the girl who used to babysit for them 8 years ago still comes by, especially since I have a hard time wrapping my brain around the fact that the kids aren’t little anymore. Lucky for me, they still welcome me back like family every time.
I lived with them during the summers I was in college and I really think it might have been the best job I ever had, since we’d spend the days swimming in their pool, going to the beach, visiting the pet store and going to the water park. Most people will agree that the people and places that make up the backdrop of your college years end up meaning a lot to you, since those are the years you learn the most about yourself. Besides that, I always looked up to the kids’ mom, Megan, as a role model, first in the laid back way she raised her kids, and later when I joined the professional world. I remember how she used to say that babies weren’t dying when her job got stressful, which actually was a very appropriate saying for me, since my summer job was to make sure her babies didn’t die. I really love that family, and I guess the lesson learned is it’s better to let people know what they mean to you, even at the risk of being creepy.
This is the year of the dirty 30 for a lot of my friends, which really means it’s an excuse to go out of your way to celebrate. My friends Merle, Leah, Jill and I hadn’t all been together since college, since we’ve been spread out between California, Alaska, Arizona and Oregon, and I don’t think we’ve laughed as hard as we did since then. The big difference is that it absolutely feels like 30, since the thought of getting dressed up appealed to none of us, and we opted for coffee in a quiet place after dinner rather than drinks in a club.
I decided to come back to my favorite campsite in Malibu for a couple nights because my next stop will be in the desert and I needed to get my ocean fix before then. I usually make my New Year’s resolutions pretty obtainable, so this year’s is to travel more [it’s actually a recycled resolution from a couple years ago]. It’s been fun visiting familiar places that I love but it takes getting out of your comfort zone in order to grow. Excited to find out what that brings!