Everyone warned me this would happen. You move to the Lehigh Valley for an internship, you and a bunch of your friends get hired and bond, then after a year or so, one by one, they all move away. The senior editor at my internship went through this. She still works in the LV, but she commutes every day from a place that’s closer to Philly.
The exodus began when my old roommate got a job in New York last December. Her boyfriend works here, so she’s still around every other weekend.
Today, my good friend found out that she got a new job. This is excellent news, as her current job has been making her miserable approximately since the day she started in 2009, but now she has to move to New York as well.
Another one of my close friends is moving to France in September. And I know at least two other members of da crew are looking to get out of here. That’s life, I suppose, but come on. I want everything to stay the same! I don’t want anyone to leave!
I realized shortly after I began studying magazine journalism that living in New York at some point was almost inevitable. It still looks that way. Even if I try to advance in my department – my current career strategy – most of the edit staff is based in New York, and I miss a lot of things just by being in a different office. I’m warming up to the idea of eventually living in New York, and I warm up to it more with every visit. (Attention, Christine: Now that it’s summer-like outside, when can we arrange a jorts-clad visit to the Beer Garden?)
But, I like the Lehigh Valley. We have nature! Things are cheap here! And my apartment is incredible. Plus, I have some friends who just moved here, and some who grew up here and will be staying for the foreseeable future.
The supergroup of friends from 2010 may never be all living in the same place at the same time again, but I suppose I should look on the bright side: No matter where I’m living in the next few years, I will have good friends there.
Note: Remember the H will be on a brief hiatus as I travel to and from California. Hopefully I’ll get around to updating in a week or so.