I leapt out of the nest last June and followed my children north. Andy has been a counselor at Calumet for 3 years now. Katy participated in the Leadership and Service Training Program for 4 weeks and Helen hung out with me when she wasn't camping or traveling across the country (more at another time).
So many trains of thought want to leave the station at the same time right now, including the one telling me I have too much to do this morning to be blogging, so this will be brief.
Aside from having to take on day to day tasks again like grocery shopping etc..., the biggest difference I've noticed since returning from heaven is that the rest of the world hasn't really changed. There are more annoying political ads and stories, none of which you can trust. The economy hasn't really changed, nor has the rudeness or kindness.
The best things are that I am surrounded by my CT friends who I missed and am so happy to see, I love my washing machine (although a laundromat where I can do a weeks worth of laundry in 2 hours is pretty awesome) and my nice big desktop computer, and am happy to have them back.
What I've learned...
I don't need stuff to be happy. I don't need a big house to be happy. I don't need closets and dressers stuffed with clothes to be happy. I don't need t.v. to be happy.
I need comfortable clothes. I need a comfortable place to sleep. I need people who love me and are there when I need them. I need a purpose. I need to be around children and families of all ages. I need coffee and fresh food. I need love. I need care when I am sick or hurt.
Isn't this what we all need? Why are there so many people out there who fight the idea of providing a safety net and a step up for those who need it?
I'm in mourning for the past 3 months of coffee, cut up fruit, a "home" that took 5 minutes to clean, dear friends everywhere I looked.
Looking forward to recreating what I truly need and want here at home.