Coming home to cold winter weather after a couple of weeks of heat and humidity from the other side of the world, kind of dampened our spirits a little. We were hoping the cold weather would have simmered down by the time we got back. It is not typical for the Tri cities, Washington to have this much snow. I know we should not really complain, because our friends in the east coast and in the north are in a worse predicament than we do.
This past 3 days, all we did is try to recuperate, do tons of laundry and get back to the rhythm of life in our timezone. Today, being a Sunday is the last day of our recovery days before heading back to work and routine on Monday.
We arrived on Thursday afternoon and our dog was so happy to see us. He didn’t know who to say hello to first. He was jumping from me, to Tony and then to Sky within a few seconds of seeing us.
As I tidied up in our home, within a few minutes of arriving from a total of 20+ hour flight. I didn’t feel too tired. However, I felt like there was an empty gaping hole in my chest. I did my best to ignore it and kept myself busy. I would find myself looking outside or on the floor in a sort of trance.
Thinking that it was just a few hours ago, that I was able to see my mama and papa. And found it surreal that I was able to see and feel a taste of my old life for a few days. It was just a few days ago that Tony and I would wake up early, buy some freshly baked pandesal and walk to my Ate’s house to have a cup a coffee and chat while having breakfast. That, if I wanted to say hello to my parents, all I have to do was climb down from our bedroom to theirs within a few seconds.
Now, I am back here again. A 20+ hour flight away from my parents and siblings. And a really good internet connection is vital for us to connect again, Facetime for a few minutes.
I haven’t talked to them since coming back here yet; because I know I will breakdown and cry to the sight of their smiling faces and the sound of the voices – asking us how our plane ride back here went and how Tony and Sky enjoyed spending their vacation in our homeland.
In time, I know that I will get over this hangover and I will not miss them terribly like this.
I should remember to be glad that our vacation happened in the first place. And to remember that I will see them all in a few months, when it is their turn to come here.