As always, its been some time since I’ve written a post… and I’m sure the intervals are going to become much, much longer as the hubby and I are having a baby in September this year 😀
I’ve just returned from a three week trip back home to surprise mum for her birthday. To say that I loved being home is an understatement. I can’t describe how much it means to me to have been able to spend some well needed quality time with my family and close friends. To me, thats what life is about. Quality time with loved ones, and nothing compares. It was especially awesome spending time with all the kids, seeing how they’ve grown and how their personalities have developed. And meeting all the new babies/toddlers was a real treat too… even though I already felt like I knew them, it was lovely to have cuddles and to see their characters up close and personal. So while my time there was very, very brief, it was really just so lovely to be home. To re-charge, re-connect and feel grounded. I also felt relieved at the ease with which I slipped back into the rythym of life, despite being gone for 2 years. I suppose thats the blessing of having grown up moving between different cultures and world views, adaptibility.
And I really, truly can’t emphasise enough just how friendly everyone was and how EASY everything is. Customer service was just amazing…. mind blowingly amazing. I went to the bank (without any documentation) to ask why my bank card wouldn’t work. In 10 minutes maximum the bank teller had asked a couple of question about me/my lifestyle, ascertained that there were more appropriate services for me, updated my accounts AND – get this – she even cleared an outstanding balance of $80NZD! All the while, providing excellent customer service.
And that was only the beginning. It really feels like people want to help you, and if they have any power/control, they use it to make your life easier rather than try to make things difficult for you. They actively seek solutions for you, according to your needs – and they do it all with a smile, because thats their job. Thats what they’re there for. It makes you feel…. human. It makes you feel valued. It’s one less obstacle you need to deal with in daily life, coz the staff are there to do all the hard work for you. It made me miss home.
But while I’ve decided that 3 weeks just isn’t enough time back home (it broke my heart to decline invitations from people), arriving back to my adopted homeland has been waaaaaay easier than last time. In less than 2 weeks I’ve already slipped back into the rythym of life in Albi, and this is a truly AWESOME feeling. Especially because last time I felt myself questioning so much and feeling stuck between two worlds. This time round, I dunno… it just feels like this is all so normal. I guess I’ve finally become accustomed to this lifestyle and feel quite proud to say that this is my life now. And I’ve truly come to appreciate how fortunate I am to call two countries on polar opposite sides of the world, home.
To jump on planes and traverse the world to spend time with loved ones – whether its from NZ to France, or from France to NZ – it’s all so normal now, and I love that it feels like this. I love that I can get off the plane at each end of the world and just walk and talk at the same pace as the locals. And most of all, I feel so lucky to have loved ones waiting for me at both ends.
After 3 whole years away from my home, I love that I can walk between two worlds with ease 🙂 And its amazing, almost mindblowing to think our baby will be lucky to grow up with all of this being second nature.