“Home isn’t a place, it’s a feeling”

Earlier this m0rning I heard kids playing, a dog barking and the rain falling on the leaves. Now all I hear are the birds. I know it is still raining because I looked out the back door and saw the drops, but they are too little to make any sound. I turned off the air conditioning this morning, but I doubt being without air conditioning will last long. It is so humid you can cut it with a knife, as my father was wont to say.

The morning hasn’t started well. Fern and Gracie woke me up by staring at me close to my face. Fern’s whiskers tickled and Gracie had hot breath. I got up. Later Fern was sick a few times. I think it was the cat food. I have to go to Agway for dog food so I’ll pick up some different food for Fern to try. She is too skinny. I worry.

My neighbors drove their daughter to college on Monday. She is a freshman. Last night my neighbor called and told me she has been crying since Monday. Her daughter has called and is also crying. I don’t remember being that homesick at college though I do remember homesickness in Ghana. The big difference was I could call my family and go home for weekends as my college was only a couple of hours away while Ghana was almost eleven hours away by plane and mail took two weeks. Phone calls were out of the question.

I got over being homesick. I think being so far away and so disconnected made it easier to see Ghana as home.

It is less than two weeks until my trip home. I have made lists. One is what I need to buy while the other is what has to be packed. The countdown doesn’t begin until one week from my flight. It is getting close.

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8 Comments on ““Home isn’t a place, it’s a feeling””

  1. olof1 Says:

    My dogs woke me up this morning, at 4 am 🙂 I wouldn’t have mind if it had been on a Saturday because then I could go back to bed again or taken a nap later in the day 🙂

    Really nice weather here today, mostkly sunny and just enough warm. They say clouds will start to cover the sky later tonight so we’ll get a warm night.

    I can’t remeber ever being home sick when I’ve been away. I guess I’ve always liked to see new places even if I had to stay there for half a year or so. So it is a bit odd that I now days rather stay at home than to see new places 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I was complaining, and it was 4 hours later than your pests woke you.

      It is raining again, steadily though light. I’ll take any rain!! My air is on. The house was humid and up to 74˚.

      I was homesick in Ghana as it would be 27 months before I’d get home again. I was never homesick on my travels, even the one which was 8 weeks long in South America. I knew home was not that far away.

      If I had the money I’d definitely travel more.

      Have a great evening!!

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Anticipation! Vacation!

    I think I have never been homesick. I’m happy to see my family when I get back from wherever I’ve been but I’m usually too busy to miss them while I’m there. I do miss my dogs, though. 🙂

    Today is murky. I was out in the pitiful bit of rain we had this morning. It’s raining again with a little bit more oomph but not much more. It’ll soak in better so it’s okay.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I can’t believe the trip is getting so close. I haven’t ever been homesick on any trips. It was knowing I was so far away and would be gone so long that made me homesick in Ghana. By Christmas I had totally gotten over it.

      I just came back from my errands. The store is wide open so no air. It was awful. It was also still raining but intermittent wipers were more than adequate.

      It is dark in here, but I like rainy, dark days.

  3. Birgit Says:

    I hope Fern feels better now or at least soon. It must be a relief that you have someone you know and trust to care for your pets while you are in Ghana.
    Happy travel planing!

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      If anything she is worse. If things don’t change, I’ll take her to the vets tomorrow morning. I bought some different food hoping she’ll eat it. I’m ever more worried.


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