Having been home now for over a week, I have come to realize what I will miss (and not miss) over the next 2 years.
1. family – I will truly miss watching my nephews and nieces grow and change while we are gone. It is amazing how much they have changed in just the 4 months since we have set out on this journey. I will miss spending time with each one of them (Sylvia, Elliot, Eli, Annie, Lucy and Leah) and seeing how they change each month. And of course, I will miss spending time with our siblings, parents, grandparents and extended family too!
2. friends– I have been very fortunate to have many wonderful groups of friends. I will miss my grade/high school girlfriends and our monthly dinners. Every time we get together we end up turning heads in the restaurant with all the laughter and colorful topics of conversations.
I will also miss my friends from work. Over the past four years I was very fortunate to have taught with such a wonderful staff. I will really miss working with all of them!
And of course I will miss all the fun I’ve had with the “Denison group” of friends. I have created so many memories with them over the past 5 or so years. Those memories will last a lifetime!
3. teaching– I will definitely miss being in the classroom with my students everyday. Seeing the progress that each child made brought great joy and meaning to my life. It will be hard not having that in my life over the next couple of years.
4. water– When you live on a boat, you quickly learn that you don’t have unlimited access to fresh water. I will miss not worrying about running out of water.
5. my cat– You are probably shaking your head right now … but I will really miss my cat. She is so pretty and very fun to play with. I loved coming home from work and seeing Mitchell “fishing” for Muna in the living room. He would have a cat toy tied onto the end of his Barbie fishing pole and be casting it into the kitchen. Muna would then frantically run after it and pounce on the toy while Mitchell would try to reel it back in.
6. pay checks– There’s nothing quite like watching the money in your bank account dwindle and knowing that that is all you have for the next two years.
7. two-ply toilet paper– One-ply just isn’t the same.
8. my hair dryer– The boat can’t take the amount of watts it requires … so hair cuts were inevitable for both Mitchell and me.
I won’t miss…
1. the stress of work
2. TV, phones, movies, etc.