We have been back in the USA for two weeks today. And we have been in constant motion. For us the 18 months we were traveling outside the USA flew by. But to people we know back home they felt like we were gone for a decade.
We weren’t. Just 18 months.
And yet, on our first return to our home country we find ourselves caught up in a myriad of reunions, nearly every day. I told my husband I thought the demand on us was mostly because of the novelty of our adventures. I think by the time we return again for a visit next year, that novelty will have worn off.
Please don’t misunderstand. I LOVE all these reunions. We are having such a great time getting re-acquainted with our loved ones. We had a big reunion with my husband’s family right away. And I have spent individual time with my parents. Our oldest son
has been here at our house several times and we went to Seattle yesterday and toured the brand new Nordic Museum with our youngest son. We are doing our best to work around our kids work schedules so we can spend as much time with them as possible.
I spent four days in Nashville with my girlfriends from high school and we had another lovely reunion last Friday night with some of our oldest friends who we have known most of our lives.
I loved seeing the wonderful ladies of my book club as well as my dear girl friends who are known as the Martini Mamas. I’m lunching with other friends, meeting for coffee with others and having wine with still more. Next Sunday we head to Zion for a reunion with Arne’s college friends. Lucky me.
During the time we are here in the USA I’m spending every Tuesday with my Dad (as well as other days). We have had lunch together and we brought him from his assisted living home to have dinner at our house. I’m spending every Wednesday with my Mom. So far I’ve helped her in her yard, but she and I have plans to do several girl things together from crafts to Ride the Ducks in Seattle.
Arne is also spending every Wednesday with his Mom. They went for a walk, he did yard work and they are attending the Seattle Mariners games.
As we plan to continue to travel for an undetermined amount of time, spending these eleven weeks here in the USA soaking up our family and friends is our goal. The time will fly and we will be off again before we
know it. But then, I expect that time will also fly, and a year from now we will be back again. Back and forth – we see this as our way of life for at least a few more years. A grand adventure to see the world, while we can. How fabulous!
We leave again on August 7th – details on that coming soon.