Six months ago today, just about now, actually, we were on our way to the airport. Most of my family escorted us — everyone helped us prepare for our trip in some way.
We miss everyone, terribly. We Skype, we email, we text, we call (occasionally), we even write real, actual cards and letters (on paper!) from time to time. But it isn’t the same as being together. It’s really hard being apart. I’ve already started to plan our summer trip home next year — it’ll be the first time we’ll be able to see some of our family, and the first time we’ll all have been together since we left. Liam has spent half of his life in Austria, away from the rest of our family.
I have a truly amazing family. Even though my parents have been divorced for over 20 years, we all get together regularly. For either Thanksgiving or Christmas, just about every year, we manage to get everyone together in the same place. This will be the first time I’ve missed that in a long time. And it’s not just me missing it — it’s painful for me that my boys are missing it, and I know Dan is going to miss being there (he loves holidays with my family).
(You can tell I’m homesick, because it’s the first week of October, and I’m already thinking about Christmas — and I’m not the type to not give Halloween it’s due).
It’s been 6 months since we’ve seen our friends — since we’ve been able to have dinner at one of their houses, meet up at a park, or have a play date.
I can’t believe I’ve been out of the US for 6 months. Prior to coming here, I’d never been out of the US for longer than 4 days at a time.
We are enjoying our Viennese adventure, but that doesn’t make it painless. I am so grateful for the loving family and friends we’ve left at home, and I miss them terribly.