Monday, July 7, 2014

No place like home...

I never thought I would miss home or my family and friends as much as I've been missing them lately.  Technology has allowed us to remain connected but FaceTime and Google Hangouts doesn't always cut it.  I was really in need of those hugs from my mom and the time in the shade just talking with my dad.  The semester is stressful, there's a lot of work, even less time and the stakes are only getting higher.  All things school was getting to be a bit much and I needed to get away from it for a minute.  So after 6 lectures in one day, I had enough!  I purchased a plane ticket leaving out in less than 24hours.  Just the thought of getting to see my family put the biggest smile on my face for the rest of the day.
After yet another Med Micro Quiz on Friday afternoon, I headed to the Princess Juliana Airport and got off the island I've grown to love.  It took everything in me not to tell my family I was coming home.  I'm not often surprised but I love surprising other people.  This was going to be the ultimate shock for them and I knew it.

After a connection in Charlotte and a cab ride once I got into Philly, I was ringing the doorbell at my parents house.  Utter shock and disbelief on their faces was an understatement.  They didn't think it was really me!  My dad wasn't even sure if he should open the door because there was no way it could really be me.  They knew they were just texting me "in St. Maarten"...not quite.  They were definitely surprised  as was everyone else who happened to see me over the course of the next day.  In celebration of July 4th, the neighbors were having a block party (does everyone know what that is?) and most of our immediate family and friends came by to visit.  That stunned look and even a few tears were repeated over and over throughout the day.  It really was priceless.

As happy as my family and friends were to lay eyes on me, I was even more excited to see them.  They helped to refill my cup with the love, support and confidence I need to finish strong in these last 6 weeks of the semester.  

Thanks guys for pouring into my spirit.  You have no idea how much it helped!  No matter how old you are or how many responsibilities you accumulate in life, there really is no place like home!  I'm already looking forward to the next time I click my heels and end up with you again.

Until next time...


  1. I'm so sorry I missed you! I'm glad your cup is filled. Let me know when you'll be ready for another visit from home. :-) I'm gettin' on that island!!

  2. Always ready for visitors from home...I'm looking forward to seeing you!

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