Yes we are back. Yes we have been super busy. It's funny though...the busyness feels completely different on this end of the move. Way less stressful. I don't have a deadline for when I have to get my boxes unpacked. I don't have to decide what to keep and what to get rid of. I don't have to wonder what to do with the stuff I unpack that I don't want. And yes there are quite a few things like that! When we packed up our house 7 years ago there were many things that we boxed up to save. Yesterday I started to unpack some of those boxes. Wedding crystal and glassware galore was discovered. I never used that stuff before we moved to Turkey. I can't even imagine using it now! All I could do was shake my head and put it in the china cabinet that was passed from my mom to my sister to me. The one I didn't think I needed. That china cabinet is over half-full of stuff I never used. I was looking forward to being back and not having so much junk. Well I've unpacked boxes of junk. And really none of it is junk. It is nice stuff. I just don't know that I will use it. I guess I could use it anytime and not worry that it is china and crystal and the like. I guess I could take a crystal platter to my next potluck at church. Maybe I will. I had already decided that if I didn't use it I wasn't going to keep it. I wonder at the opulence of some of it all. Those feelings I will just have to wade through.
And now for a stateside conversation.
Uncle John: Jacob, can you go out to my car and get the dog kennel and bring it to the utility room?
Jacob: blank stare. blink, blink.
Natalie: Jacob, go get the dog cage and put it in the laundry room.
I love the looks on my kids' faces when people in America use words they should know but don't. So funny to me!