Posted by: dsduffy | February 17, 2009

A new normal


I am glad that it happened, and in only 5 months, but I can honestly say that living here feels normal now. I think if we went back to America tomorrow, it would be so weird. It would feel good, don’t get me wrong, but it would be strange; like running your tongue over  your teeth after you get your braces off, familiar but new. Seeing New Jersey 0r Massachusetts license plates, the “real” Target, pay-at-the-pump gas stations and Chili’s would be such welcome sights. (What I would give for fajitas from Chili’s now…you have no idea.) But at the same time, we are so used to our life here, and our routine. I guess that is true for anyone, but I didn’t think it would be so easy to fall into a new groove, and to finally feel comfortable in such a faraway place.

Having our first visitors arrive will bring a taste of home here for us. To see familiar faces again, family to be with, and to show everything to, it is all very exciting. I will make a conscious effort to enjoy our time with them, as I know it will go fast, and who knows how long it will be until either we go home or welcome more guests.

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  1. I’m so glad you are feeling normal here. I feel the same. It is an odd feeling when I go “home”. It is HOME and I love it there, but when I am in the US I now tend to look forward to coming “home” to Australia and to my normal routine. I suppose I’m learning that home is where your heart is and in your case your heart is with your family and you can make a “home” anywhere you go. 🙂 Glad you are getting visitors too! Mine arrives in 5 weeks! 🙂

  2. You’ve got a visitor coming? That is the best! Have a great time!

  3. Hi there! I was so excited when I came across your blog. My husband has been working in Melbourne for the past 5months while we have stayed behind in the states. I am 8 months pregnant and we will be relocating the rest of us (we have 2 boys ages 5 and 6) to Melbourne in May. I have visited my husband on a couple of occassions and I can totally relate to some of your impressions of Australia. It seems it will take a lot of getting used to.

    Anyway, I would love to chat with you via email, so please don’t hesitate to send a message to me there.

    Thanks!


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