Monday, December 24, 2007

York

Since I moved I have been unable to write on my blog as I no longer have computer access at the place I am staying. However, I got up really early this morning to sneak a few minutes on the computer before everyone else woke up and our exciting day begins! I am in York at the moment and a more beautiful place I have yet to see in this country. True, I haven't exactly been many places but the view from my room is just so spectacular. Nothing can compare with home, though, and staring out the window I became progressively more and more homesick, longing for the familiar smells and sights of my home country.

I digress...familiar word :) Anyways, about two weeks or more ago a friend and I were discussing possibilities for a little getaway and so we are now here in York and its been a lovely one day so far. Its still dark outside and I can't really tell what the weather will hold for us but I do know that it will be a stunning day no matter what the weather because we are going to go ice skating as well as walking the wall around the city and then tonight we will be back in the recreation room (its actually almost a cellar like place with tables and benches and a lovely, cute little bar) for another evening of fun and games. I am really glad to be here as it is so quiet and peaceful. Weirdest of all is that I had about three hours or so of sleep but I am awake and ready for the day. I spent a lot of time staring out my window and listening to the rain falling outside and then, I have to admit, my mind once more flew to the far reaches of Africa, back to my home and my family. I drifted off to sleep with tears on my pillow and a longing to see my precious family once again.

I feel like I am missing out on all the important things happening there and every time I see the non-existent sunrise or notice the missing aromas in the air, I remember my home and think how much I would like to be back there and see my family and my cat and the people that I could greet every day.

One day...one day I will go back home. Home is, after all, where the heart is. And mine is definitely at home with my family right now!
Amazing how one doesn't miss something until you don't have it. In this strange country, I have missed my family more and more each day. At least now, though, I have learned how to value them more and its a lesson I will not forget!