Sunday, February 25, 2007

home

Got home very late last night after a long drive from LA. Our reunion with M was spectacular, it's so obvious she missed us, and yet she had a wonderful time. I can't get over how different she seems....what did I miss? Longer sentences now, new words, new favorites....so much in two weeks.

I cannot wait to get back into all of your lives. It's amazing how much I missed coming and hearing how you are, what you are thinking, what you've learned and felt and made you laugh. I expect to use naptimes and bedtimes wisely (in blogger speak rather than laundry and cleaning speak) for a day or two.

I was ready to come home. I loved some of our travels, struggled with some of the others (no hot water for two weeks, anyone? those pesky guns?) and worried my way through some of it too. You always have time to learn more about yourself and your life as you are living it while on the road, long spells of quiet and lack of routine does that for me. And then home is so fierce, so normal, it's almost already easy to forget that not 24 hours ago I was still waking up under El Salvadorian skies, roosters, always roosters, encouraging the dawn.

28 comments:

Lucia said...

I can really relate to your coming home, since I have just come home too.

I read a few of your ES posts while in Rwanda and found myself thinking about them, especially re the guns, sometimes during the day while in the car on the way from one place to another.

Welcome back!

Gordo The Geek said...

Salvador was an amazing place. My wife and I went in December and will be returning for a longer stay with children in tow in a year or two. I've been doing a lot to encourage others to go, but at the same time, I worry that I'm helping to change it from the place we fell in love with.

metro mama said...

Welcome back! We've missed you.

I'm glad she was okay-this makes me feel better about our upcoming trip.

kiki said...

welcome home, you've been missed my friend. it's so surreal isn't it? to come home and have it seem so familiar even though 24 hours before, you're reality was SO different. roosters factor into a lot of our travels, they have become a bit of an obsession for me.

ECR said...

That last sentence was fantastic. It really pulled together the last two weeks. I don't think I'll be able to get the wording and image of those encouraging roosters out of my head!

liv said...

So glad you are home, sweetie! I know seeing M's marvelous, fresh face was heaven on earth. What a gift!

Your roosters remind me of my Greek cow who started mooing each day at about 5am...ah, animals!

Mad Hatter said...

Welcome back.

flutter said...

((hugs))

Glad you're back safely, my love. We missed you!

Thailand Gal said...

Glad to see your pixels once again and to know you got back safely.. in one piece.. and that you are back with M.

It will be interesting to hear all you have to say about the trip, what you got from it, what it brought to mind for you.

(You, too, Lucia :)


peace,

~Chani

Laurie said...

Welcome back Jen. I really missed you. I am so glad your vacation went well, despite the lack of hotwater and over-abundance of guns.

I can almost visualize your joyous reunion with M. Life is good.

Pendullum said...

Welcome Back...

cinnamon gurl said...

Welcome home!

Emily said...

Welcome home!

Emily said...

Welcome home!

Sober Briquette said...

Welcome Back!!

Good to know you're all back safely.

I think of hot water as my favorite convenience; every day I say a prayer of thankfulness when I have a nice hot shower.

Tabba said...

Oh, how I've missed you too, Jen!! I'm so glad you have an enjoyable trip, a joyous reunion with that little M, and are happy to be home. We are happy to have you home, by the way!!

Welcome Home.

urban-urchin said...

welcome home! I'm sure darling M is thrilled to have you within arm's reach.

Z said...

Welcome home! I've loved reading your posts and thank you for thinking of us while you were away.

I bet you'll wake up in the night completely bewildered, not knowing where you are for a moment!

xxxz

KC said...

Welcome. I certainly missed you.

How wonderful to be reunited with M AND with hot water once again.

Home sweet home. Roosters in the morning remind me of China oddly enough.

Andrea said...

welcome back!

QT said...

YAY - welcome back! Glad M handled it well, looking forward to hearing more and seeing pics over a glass of wine...

meno said...

Welcome home. I loved reading your posts from vacation.
It is a sweet sweet thing to see your baby again though. I remember that age, Two weeks is an eternity.

NotSoSage said...

Welcome back! It's great to have you back. I can almost feel that homecoming...I was away from Mme L for a week in November and it was incredible how much she had changed!

It's funny you mention the roosters. My mother always talks about the doves waking her every morning in Nicaragua

Thailand Gal said...

Please check my site for tonight's (Sunday) entry. You need to read it. :)


Peace,

~chani

Susanne said...

It's weird how little time it takes for home to be normal again, isn't it? Glad, you're back.

Bob said...

Welcome home, I missed you too!

I have a bit of a wanderlust, and your descriptions of your trip have turned up the flame a little. Maybe one day I too can sleep under tropical skies.

Mrs. Chicken said...

Your travelogues made me yearn for the sun and the sea so badly that I agreed to a trip to Florida with my extended family. Not exactly a tropical paradise spotted with guns, but sun nonetheless!

This is a lovely post. Glad you are back! I missed you.

Momish said...

Welcome back! You were sorely missed. I am so glad you have a great time and also glad to hear you are happy to be home.