Tuesday, August 02, 2005

We're Ba-ack

Well, we arrived safely back to Greenock on Sunday afternoon. Scott was back to work on Monday, and I went back to work today. I'm beat. I still feel a bit disoriented being back in the UK. I'm driving like an American maniac, I'm smiling at the wrong people, and I'm taking the wrong things to work. And I'm punctuating in American grammar (see comma before the "and" in the previous sentence.)

It's good to be back, but I really loved being home. Driving back from the airport, I gazed at the scenery around me - the river, the mountains across the river, the skyline - and I knew I was home. But I miss the heat and the vastness and the starry night skies of Arkansas. And I miss the family and friends. I didn't get to spend nearly as much time with people as I hoped. However, it felt good to be back here with my other family, and I look forward to seeing my friends here, like Debbie and Niall and Graeme and Emily (who is finally here!)

Things I will always miss about Arkansas while in Scotland:
* the sound of crickets and cicadas all night and day
* good ol' Southern family barbeques - okra, houseflies and all
* hot summers, cold winters, perfect springs and falls
* JR's Lightbulb Club
* the landscape along I-540

Things I will always miss about Scotland while in Arkansas:
* crisp, jumper-perfect air
* the mountains across the river
* the comforting, cozy atmosphere
* the sound of the Scottish brogue all around me
* mince pie and beans

Friends, keep in touch. (This means you, Chris and Lincoln.)

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