After a quick trip to Affiliate Summit East 2011, I’m finally home.
No, don’t get me wrong; I utterly enjoyed my 26 hour s in New York City — most of which I’ve spent at the conference itself (pictures and separate blog post coming up by the end of this week) — but, unlike it normally is with post-conference trips home, the 7 hours back on the train (which were supposed to be 5 hours) seemed at least twice as long. The train was packed. Everyone was rushing down South (comment: I was traveling back home on a Boston – Richmond Amtrack train)…
Rewinding it a little bit back: as I was leaving the conference on early Tuesday afternoon, Jill Swartwout (from Baltimore) grabbed my by the sleeve asking — with a bit of a discomposed tone in her voice — “Where do you live?” Her question puzzled me for a moment, as she knew very well that I reside in Northern Virginia… But she needed to know the exact city. “They are reporting a magnitude 5.8 earthquake in Northern Virginia. Call your wife!” I almost felt my heart stop for a second… Magnitude of 5.8-6 means a pretty powerful earthquake. I lived through several of those while growing up in Moldova, and saw houses crack and trees fall.
Fast-forwarding it a bit: my wife and daughter were perfectly okay. Feeling the first signs of the quake they rushed outside barefoot — to watch our house shake before their eyes. The house was okay too… But this situation has once again put things in perspective for me, underscoring with one fat line what really matters… Hug your loved ones tonight. Call parents, if you haven’t done so in a while. If you’re lucky to still have grandparents, give them your love too. Find time to play with your children, and teach them something good in the process… Take care of yourself and your family. Because if you don’t, maybe no one else will.