There is the usual mixed bag of emotions preceding any move, but the most prevalent one is excitement. We have been saving up vacations for the very last few specks of time we have in Japan, so I’m excited to finally go on those. We’ll be traveling from Japan to Florida by a rather unconventional route provided planning is effective. We’ll be close enough to family to spend Thanksgiving at home this year, and we all know that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday!!!
I’m also looking forward to certain conventions of American home life. These include but are not limited to:
– A washer holding more than three towels
– A refrigerator conveniently holding a quart of milk without having to remove a shelf
– A bedroom that can hold my bed and dressers together in one room
– A parking space that does not take six minutes to access
– An opportunity to compost, grow worms, and maintain a victory garden
– Starbucks with internet
Please don’t equate my excitement over trivial things with quibbling over life in Japan. I cannot even express my sadness over leaving my friends, my beautiful neighborhood, my adorable students. The irreplaceable ramen shops or the delightful propensity for matcha. The gorgeous flowers that bloom with every season. The absolute convenience of public transportation and the practical guarantee of personal safety in a large, bustling and culturally amazing city (even if there is a decided lack of personal space).
But, as usually happens after the lottery results come in, I enjoy looking forward to the new things we’ll experience. This particular move means a great many changes for us, but the most delightful to me is the proximity we’ll have to our family and friends that we love.
Points of interest for potential bed-and-breakfast-lunch-and-dinner-guests: Jacksonville, Florida is located on the mainland of the United States. If you live on the mainland, you can drive there. If you live on the East Coast, it’s actually a nice drive. Stop at South of the Border, and come on down. If you live in Hawaii, fly on over, I’ll bring you to Chipotle, Chick-fil-A and Panera. If you have kids, Jacksonville has a beach and Disney World nearby. Come visit. I feel like it’s been forever since we’ve seen you, and you are always welcome. Accepting reservations soon.