A week back in Caldwell

I’ve been unemployed for all of two days and I’m already losing track of what day of the week it is. Today I got to go to my best friend Brittany’s daughter’s second birthday party, which I sure wouldn’t have normally been able to do on a Tuesday night. It’s Tuesday, right? Everyone around here is happy I’m here for the week but they are also sad I’m leaving the state Monday.

Being in Caldwell has been pretty great; I never really thought of it like this before, but it’s a little like the fictional Connecticut town Stars Hallow in “Gilmore Girls”. The town’s one mechanic this morning knew I was “Gary’s daughter” and a bank I went to to make a donation to a local woman with cancer knew all about how the benefactor’s family was doing. Facebook is also making the impending separation easier for a lot of people, myself included, which is kind of nice.

I’ve thought about this before, and if one of my Columbus friends could see our local grocery store (one of two in Noble County) they’d think we were nuts. It has this whole back area that is a mishmash of products for sale, from mailing supplies and batteries to helium-filled birthday balloons and wedding decorations. They also have a bigger scrapbooking section than any Walmart or Target, which was helpful when I was in high school. Food Center has a surprisingly wide selection of movie rentals, including most indie flicks that never come near theaters in the tri-county area. As a result, most Caldwellians have a wide range of movie viewing habits. They may not have liked them, but by God they saw them.

Brittany and her husband are throwing a going away party for me Saturday. I can’t wait to see everyone, even if we know it’ll be the last time for a while. I’m feeling really nostalgic already, so leaving is going to be tough.