Thursday, July 27, 2006

Just When You Least Expect It



It was going to be a girl's day out. First a little shopping for clothes (always, always fun) and then lunch. I found the cutest little shirt and pants for Sophie and we headed up to the fifth floor to have lunch. In the elevator, Sophie fell asleep and I was looking forward to being able to really enjoy and take my time eating lunch. While I waited for my food, I spent my time people watching. It is summer vacation here in Japan, so there were lots of Moms with their children. Their were also a lot of Grandmothers enjoying the day with their daughters and grandkids. That is when it hit me like a ton of bricks. Crushing me, making me wish I had brought a book to read. Something, anything to take away the sudden rush of homesickness.

Having lived in Japan for going on eight years, that feeling is not new. But, this homesickness was not for a place or a food or TV. It was for my Mom, pure and simple. I wanted to be eating lunch with Mom, picking out Sophie's clothes together, wondering at the mysteries of Japan, and just knowing that she was there. My Mom is like a rock, steady and strong even when she doesn't think that she is. I just to flinch when I did something "like Mom" but now I want my kids to have the kind of childhood I had. Rich in love, and although not always easy, and overall happy. This is due in large part to my Mom along with other family members and friends. No one is perfect, we all make mistakes but it is what you do with those mistakes that matter. How you learn, how you grow, how you change. Mom does all of those things beautifully.

Basically, what it boils down to, is this:

Mom, you got a little time now all the work is done,

Get yourself over here and let's have some fun.

7 comments:

Tammy said...

I get periods of homesickness for Kentucky...hense my blog and it's name and my reminisning all of the time...it is normal and natural...I'm just 5 hours away...that keeps me going...that and internet and phone...bless your heart I can't imagine!
:-D

Andy & Mandy said...

Our Nanny is awesome, you can borrow her for a few weeks, but she has to come back home to ME!! hahaha

Trisha said...

Tammy- It is hard sometimes but I have a great support system here too that helps a lot!!

Trisha said...

Mandy- You know, I read about a woman in Germany who sold a pythin over the internet, wrapped it in a box, wrote glass on the box and took it to the post office to mail. Think we could do that with Nanny Moms? It would sure save on airline tickets.

Andy & Mandy said...

Nanny Moms is like a bird... cover her head and she'll go to sleep. I'll have to write FRAGILE on the box... they might think she's from France then. Christy had Dakota Ray on your birthday at 5:20 pm, I will email pictures when I get some.

Trisha said...

Congratulations Christy!! Think she would mind if I put a picture on the blog? Did you get a package from me, by the way?

ANDY & MANDY said...

WE HAVE A PACKAGE, BUT ANDY'S IS DEAD TO THE WORLD WHEN THE MAILMAN COMES AND DOESN'T ANSWER THE DOORBELL. ANDY'S SUPPOSED TO GO TO THE POST OFFICE TODAY AND GET IT.