So, last night I watched the Fourth of July fireworks from a house we are renting in Westhampton, NY. They broadcast the fireworks live from NYC…I must say, it was quite an impressive show. Nearly 30 minutes of beautiful displays of light and color all set to patriotic, and sometimes cheesy music. Here’s the thing—as we were sitting there watching the fireworks I realized something. I think I’m going to be homesick while we are on our trip. There was something about watching the fireworks display, especially when they played the Armed Forces Medley that made me realize I’m going to miss America. I think I’m going to be very excited to return home.
When I mentioned this to Phil, he asked me what I would miss the most. That’s a tough question. I think I’ll miss my friends and my family, of course. I’ll miss my favorite foods and the comfort of my own bed. But more than anything, I think I’ll miss that familiarity that is home. I’m trying to prepare myself for this now so it isn’t such a shock when it happens.
One way we are preparing ourselves is by sleeping in other beds. Weird, right? Well, we realized that we wouldn’t be sleeping in our own bed for a really long time, and we needed to get used to sleeping in unfamiliar places. Waking up and not immediately recognizing where we are. Shaking ourselves out of that hazy sleep and figuring out what city we are in. So, the next few days, we sleep in a bed in Westhampton, NY (pretty comfy, though a little bit bouncy). We will have3 more nights in our own bed, in our own apartment, and then, it’s different beds in different cities until December! It is daunting and exciting, and will be a workout for our back muscles, but overall, I think it will be totally worth it. Just imagine how awesome it will be when we set up our new apartment in Louisville, KY, take out our bed which has been in storage for months and sleep on it that first time, only to dream about the adventures we just had while traveling around the world. Amazing!