I have to admit that while I have been happy to be back home in the US, in our house, outdoors again, wearing skirts and relaxed again in public, and among our family and friends catching up, I have been really missing the UAE alot lately. ALOT. I knew that would happen....I just didn't expect it to happen so early honestly.
Today I was cleaning up around the house and out of nowhere heard the Call to Prayer. I stopped dead in my tracks and Eleanor and I looked at each other. We turned towards the tv as it was part of a travel channel show on Turkey and not from the nearby mosque on the corner. It was ridiculously nice to hear....but I can say I choked back some tears. It's just a testament to how much we loved our year abroad in Al Ain. I just have to remind myself it wasn't perfect and not glorify it too much (which I have of course!).
I am definitely realizing that what I read was right - the transition home is not a completely happy, easy one. It's a definite adjustment. After crying in my cereal bowl one morning and talking to my Mom, I realized people don't totally understand and that's ok. It is good to be home. It is. Just going to take some time to get back into the swing of things.
Two pictures to share this post showing my mind swimming in two places. The first a favorite picture from our time in the UAE. This was at the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi in July. The second is from my brother's wedding this weekend - that's me and my Mom. We were so happy to see my brother married. Of course I would have missed all of this had I been half way around the world and I'm glad I didn't.
The title of this blog was inspired by the utopian novel by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, author of The Yellow Wallpaper. The word itself has went further and captured for me a special sense of "place" for me and my daughter Eleanor. A free copy of the book can be read online by clicking the image.
Check out my first blog--Al Ain Notebook--written during our family's year abroad in the United Arab Emirates (2008-2009)
Books Read 2010
03. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
02. Never Let Me Go by Kazup Ishiguaro
01. Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult
Books Read 2009
23. Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
22. The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
21. Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
20. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
19. The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
18. Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos
17. Stuart Little by EB White
16. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
15. Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea
14. The Olive Readers by Christine Aziz
13. Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
12. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl
11. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
10. Princess: The True Story of Life Inside the Saudi Arabia's Royal Family by Jean Sasson