09 February, 2012

On being home and away.

Been away from home for over month, meant I had a lot of time to think…about things.

The awesome thing about spending a month in Auckland with family, is that it’s not like a ‘normal’ overseas holiday. We aren’t rushing from one tourist site to another, it’s far more relaxed. We almost get to experience what life would be like if we lived there. We go do grocery shopping, collect kids from school, meet the neighbours, fight with morning traffic, do school shopping, we watch the news, and regular TV every night…those kind of things.

We’ve been home for a week now…and I thought I would write down the things that have been running through my head since we’ve been back…just random stuff…

I have married into the most incredible family. I have no idea how I got so lucky. I don’t see them as ‘TF’s family’…I love them like they are my own.

Dear South Africa, you shall not complain about food and petrol prices ever again. We can complain about internet prices though.

The shops in NZ have improved so much, and the shops are very similar to SA. The first time I went there, I remember battling to buy stuff…this time…no such problem.

Having family living on the other side of the world….is heartbreaking. I hate it. I wish we all lived in the same city, on the same street. I wish our kids could grow up together. I wish we could pop in for coffee. I wish for so much more…

TF and I, are each others worst nightmares at airports…we both triple check everything…every few minutes. We drive each other insane.

What a privilege it is to see and experience other parts of this place we call earth.

I missed work. I missed the normal routine of every day life. I need to remember that as the year goes on.

No matter how different we seem, no matter how far we are apart…I realised that we are all dealing with the same issues, problems and stuff…in varying degrees obviously. But after watching the news, chatting to people…it’s all the same…everywhere.

I am so much more grateful to be living in the same town as the rest of the family. I need to treat them better, and appreciate the everyday stuff we do together.

Because of this trip, I have dealt with three government departments in the last two months…nothing but excellent service. Good news.

I am so ready for this year. This trip has me all rejuvenated and motivated. I cannot wait.

There is no place like home.

I am so very blessed.

14 comments:

Marcia (123 blog) said...

I love how you say 6 weeks into the year that you're ready for it :)

Teehee... that's the benefit of a nice late holiday

Fiona said...

That was very refreshing to read! I think I need a month's holiday too :)

family stone said...

It looks like you guys had an amazing time. really awesome pics. glad u home safe.

2012 is going to be a good year!

kbd said...

I feel the same as you on most of those points, if not all. Life is wonderful and complicated, tough and sweet all at the same time! Trips also make me reflect and make me even more determined for the times ahead. Big hugs to you both x0x0

I'm so not a blogger said...

Loved this post:-)

Lj said...

Very nice post. Just like K, I had many of the same thoughts on our return back to Boston. I feel like when you live somewhere other than where your family are, both places feel like home, just a different kind of home. So glad you had a good trip.

Lea White said...

What a lovely post! How did you find the Auckland traffic compared to Jhb traffic? :-). Here in Wellington our traffic is significantly less than Auckland!

cat said...

Always food to see the other side of the so called fence to appreciate what we have.

Janet said...

There IS no place like home, but holidays are great and I am so glad you had a good one! :)

Paul Forster said...

It is great to get away but like you I also love to get home. Glad you liked Auckland!

Bailey Schneider said...

What an awesome post! Lovely reflections and realizations :)
Much love, Bailey from Vanilla Blonde

Lynette said...

Amazing post...and I still love this crazy mixed up country of ours.

Kirsty said...

Hear, hear. Was nodding my head to every single one :)
That being said.....I desperately am wanting an overseas trip sometime soon.... :) x x

cat said...

Answered your question in my post yesterday!