Ball on the Mall

Over the weekend, I was fortunate to attend the Ball on the Mall, a unique event in Washington DC. It was a black tie dinner and dancing soiree hosted on the National Mall steps away from Smithsonian museums, the Capitol, and the Washington Monument. Donations from the event help preserve this special national landmark, which is sadly falling into disrepair.

It was an amazing feeling to dance the night away in such a historic spot and mingle with fellow Washingtonians. Since moving back to the States from overseas last year, I haven’t felt at home. There are so many things I miss about Japan- my friends there, the serene and beautiful spots, the travel and cultural opportunities, and the food (oh my god, the sushi).  Coming home has been an adjustment, and I often feel out of place. But last night, I had a realization that this is my new home now, and I’m happy to be here.

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11 thoughts on “Ball on the Mall

  1. Cari

    Mary, you look amazing! I love your blog!! It reminds me of your story about OB. Actually I think of you whenever i get near OB! When ate you coming to see us?

    • maryrichardson

      Hi Cari,
      Thanks for remembering my story about OB! I miss it so much there… I’m searching for my new little haven here. I hope we can make it to SD this summer!

  2. AvaApollo

    I definitely had that reverse culture shock too after coming home. DC is such a fabulous city, though. I’d love to get dolled up and dance around the monument 🙂

    • maryrichardson

      Thanks Ava! I think that the reverse culture shock is a common thing among those of us who have overseas experiences. It’s funny because while I’m away, I miss so much about home. Then coming back, I’m completely disoriented. Hope your transition is going well too!

  3. Nice to see you again, Mary! You look beautiful (I LOVE the red!). Looks like we’re going to be there in January for a couple of years – Looking forward to all of your recommends! It is an odd thing when one does feel “in place” and truly home, I sometimes think.

    • maryrichardson

      Hey Becca! Thanks for stopping by the blog! No way! You’re going to be living in this area too? That’s exciting! What part do you think you might live in?

      • Well, that is a great question. Personally, I would like to be as far away from the city as humanly possible 🙂 My amazing husband is assuring me that not only is that a possibility, but he’s more than down with commuting. Most of our friends there are closer to the action though, so who knows 🙂

      • maryrichardson

        We live in Springfield, and it’s really the perfect location as far as not feeling like we’re in the thick of it, but being close enough to take advantage of the cool stuff. Are you going to do a house hunting trip?

  4. Yes – Ted is going to be going over in October! He’s a good house finder and has lived there a couple of times before, and I feel like sending him solo would be more efficient than taking the youngling 🙂 We’ll check out Springfield for sure! Thank you.

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