collecting little moments.

Last night, I had an insane craving for Pizza Del Re, this dirty pizza buffet in our hometown. The place is awful and has been since I first ate there ate age five, but at a young age I was too dazzled by the buffet promise of endless chocolate + vanilla pudding to notice. 

And yet to me, its nostalgic as anything...everyone I grew up with remembers it. It was the site of many-a-pizza-party in my younger years, and somehow I manage to boomerang back every few trips around the sun just to relive the nostalgia...and laugh at the mediocre pizza. Of course my family banded together to indulge my craving before I move. And as always, the pizza was terrible. The decor was ever the same. My company was fabulous, and I ate an entire bowl of pudding.

Oh, and I drained a dollar in quarters in the arcade area.

I've spent the past week collecting little moments with my family. Late night ice cream trips, lunches out, dinners, a day at a vineyard. Evening bonfires, quick shopping trips. I haven't let myself think about saying goodbye. Mostly because I start crying as soon as it hits me that at the end of the month, I have to say goodbye. I've never really lived further than ten minutes away from my family. For now I'm just making a list of the moments I'd like to collect: bowling, more bonfires, mini-golf, taking our dog to the park.

And maybe Pizza Del Re. Again. It's strangly comforting. Like, no matter what else changes in life, some things will always be there, and always be the same. Even if it's just the promise of salty, flat pizza and old arcade games...I'll take it.

Thanks so much for the sweet comments on Things I'm Afraid to Tell You. And for pledging to read even if I can't promise photos of flowers or pretty little things. Whew. :)


  1. I have a pizza place like that too. My husband thinks it's disgusting, but I like to go with my mom and brother. You're right, it's nostalgic. I completely understand why something like this would make you feel the way you do about moving. I would be scared too! And I wish you all the best my dear. Can't wait to hear about where this next phase in your life takes you :)


  2. You soak up those moments, lady! That's the kind of stuff you'll want to remember :)

  3. Hi Bethany - I've been reading for a while, but I'm finally just now commenting. I also wanted to say that I will keep reading regardless of where you go and what you will or won't be able to do. You are such a sweet soul and the world needs more of that!
    On a completely different note, I went to UWEC and spent too many nights at Pizza Del Re! I had almost forgotten about that place. Thanks for the flashback!!

  4. What a great adventure you and husband are going to have! But you're right, it's the little things that really make up our lives. Thank you for always sharing those little things!

  5. Bethany,
    I think everyone has that semi-horrific place in their hometown that reminds them of their younger years. Keep reeling in this good stuff and store it away for a day you miss home.

    And that list you made a few posts back? Get excited thinking about all the time you get to spend doing those things! I know I'm looking forward to more posts from you!


  6. Those moments are truly the best! Keep busy and every day that goes by is a lot easier. Change can be scary but also beautiful!! The other day I was on the phone with my grandpa telling him that I wish we could be there (in Honolulu) esp. when he was in the hospital, and he told me when he was in college he was in the hospital and it was so hard to make a phone call home, that you had to make an appointment just to use the phone.

    He's very thankful we have phones and all this technology now, and he made a great point, it's so much easier to keep in touch with our loved ones now :)I'm sure whenever you have the chance you'll be skyping and calling your fam bam and friends!! :)

  7. I am making Pizza Del Rae a staple in my kid's diet of small town real life experiences with the hope that I'm creating future comforting memories like you have. BTW, I crave the cheezy bread and will always remember the college kid waiter who would greet us with "How are WE tonight?"

  8. How I love this post...I can relate. And pudding! Good for you. Your collage is divine...

  9. Bethany, I would read your blog even without pretty photos because I really enjoy the way you write. I hope you do soak up all the little things and I think your little 'lonely' list will help.

    P.S. I'm thinking I can send you some happy mail? I know how much I love to get mail so if you would like that let me know :)

  10. I know that this is a side to this post but I just wanted to let you know .. that I was planning on awarding you the Liebster Blog Award for your blog being one of the top 5 blogs I find to be the sweetest ... only I couldn't because you have over 200 members and you have been blogging for 2 or 3 years now ! Oh well ... anyway I just want to say keep up with the hard work as you are doing a great job !!!

    Love Chrissi from With Passion and Love

  11. i will always read your posts, no matter if you're posting about flowers & hearts, or something not as bright & beautiful.

    i wish you luck in your move - and you're right, don't think about 'goodbye' too much yet - just continue soaking up those beautiful memories!

    - l

  12. Love the pics
    It's the little moments with family and friends that comfort us more than the big celebrations


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