Yesterday was a holiday here, so Freddy and I spent the day together. I was feeling like a pretty awesome mom – took Freddy to the pool, made homemade fingerpaints and let Freddy have fun, played outside. But then he also fell in a hole at the pool and scraped his knee, cried in his crib for 30 minutes after nap when I couldn’t hear him, fell and busted his lip, and burnt his hand on a pot. (He’s fine! All minor injuries.) So maybe it was just an average day after all.

It’s finally May! April felt so incredibly loooooooong. Hoping that May flies by so we can get home for some R&R. We need a break. Life is so easy here in many ways, we have more time alone, help with lots of the mundane tasks, etc., but the cultural exhaustion can be overwhelming.

The anticipation of seeing family is enough, but then there are the simple things like fast internet, reliably hot showers, sharing the road with people who’ve had their license for more than 10 minutes, convenient cooking and food, and on and on.

I had a dream last night that I was in a grocery store and only had 10 minutes to grab everything I wanted – lunchmeat, yogurt, cheese, cereal, baby spinach! I couldn’t stop grabbing things. I might need to be supervised when I go shopping.

At the same time, in other ways it feels like the time has flown by. I can’t believe it’s May – the month we go home. There are so many things that we said we were going to do this year that we didn’t. It’s nice to have a few things to look forward to upon our return.

I look forward to having time to debrief this experience, along with friends and family. It’s kind of hard to say what we have learned and how we’ve grown (or not) when I am in the middle of experiencing it. At times, I feel like I haven’t learned anything except how to make a pie crust by hand (which is extremely good knowledge, but still…).

So, suffice it to say, we are excited and ready to be reunited with our people in the U.S. of A.


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