We have been back in Taiwan for about two months now, and lately I have been suffering from homesickness. I think it's because a lot of stuff is happening back home in Washington State.
Like the fact that my mom just moved into a brand new home and I won't see it until next July. Or the fact that she also got the most adorable dog in the world named Gypsy, who is a German Shepherd mix-- and I won't get to meet her until next July either. There is also the not-so-small fact that I am about to be a first time auntie come this December, and I won't meet my niece Lillian until July too.
July is asking for a lot of patience, in my opinion.
I think the homesickness came from Skyping this weekend; everyone (meaning three dogs and a mom, brother, and sister-in-law) was at my mom's new house, and I just got to participate through my computer screen. Four years into this whole expat business, I am pretty used to bouts of homesickness, but they usually occur during the holiday season or spring time, right before we actually get to go home.
September seems a little premature for missing the Pacific Northwest and all of my people.
But then my husband reminded me of one very true fact: oddly enough, despite the fact that we live in Taiwan, we still get to spend a lot of time at home and with our families, and probably a lot more than many people who don't have an ocean separating them from their people and place.
We spent one full month living with our families this summer, after all! And the summer before that? Two full months! And next summer? We will be back (hopefully with an Icelandic road trip somewhere in the middle)!
So on days when I feel like I want to jump on a plane just to spend a few hours back at home, I like to sift through the thousands of photos I take every summer while visiting. They are kind of like a security blanket, and proof positive that home will come eventually.
These photos were taken on a classic Pacific Northwest day that included a stroll through a beautiful forest and a picnic sprawled out on green grass bathed in perfect golden sunlight.
Looking at these photos makes me feel so happy I get these moments at home with my people, and also helps put things into perspective so I can continue to live in the moment and embrace Taiwan. Because Taiwan is great, and when I am at home in Washington, it is definitely a place I become homesick for.