Living overseas you always miss things from your home country. I have a list a mile long…
The start of college football.
The first day of turkey season.
Walking into my grandmother’s house.
The smell of gardenia coming from my neighbor’s yard.
The ease of finding and buying almost anything.
Laying in soft, green grass at night looking at a sky full of stars that are too numerous to dare count.
Good Mexican food – but this has been missed since I left Texas.
The smell of bacon frying.
The privacy of my backyard.
A dryer on rainy days.
Central heat and air.
A large shower…or at least a shower big enough so that I don’t look like some Picasso painting when I shave my legs. I ain’t twenty and bendy anymore.
Good candy and cereal.
But all the things pale in comparison to the people that you miss.
It doesn’t matter how “at home” I feel in my host country or how many new friends I make, I will always long for those people closest to me in my home country.
That’s why when one of those people does something special for me or our family, it sends me into ugly cry mode immediately.
For my birthday, my friend Jess sent me the most special gift. I opened my email to find a movie of friends sending me birthday greetings. Some were sung, some were spoken, all were cherished. And as soon as it started I had ugly cry face all the way to the end. And I felt loved and cared for. I felt connected to people that I have loved for over five years. I felt remembered.
Thank you to everyone who contributed. It was the best gift I received…barely beating Downton Abbey Season 6. 😉