Thinking of home, sweet home
“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art, like the universe itself (for God did not need to create). It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.” –C.S. Lewis
Today is the 40th day since I’ve seen any of my friends or family from Texas. Though I’m having a brilliant time in Belfast with new friends, I must admit that the time away from home is starting to take its toll. Throughout these weeks I’ve had a steadily growing desire to see their familiar faces. Fortunately, I’ve had many opportunities to remain in touch with them.
The first, and perhaps most obvious, connection to home is the through the internet. Thanks to the magic of Facebook I have been able to maintain contact with posts, comments, and messages. I have also continued emailing with my dad, a nice supplement to social media. I have used this blog to keep friends and family updated on my goings on while abroad. (To all the family and friends reading this, I’m talking about you!)
More than the internet, I’ve enjoyed “snail mail” contact with the States. I’ve sent postcards home to family and friends, and received some back in return, but this method–while certainly romanticized–is very delayed. With about ten days for something to arrive to its destination, there has been fairly little opportunity for consistent replies. The wait, however, is worth the excitement of having an envelope handed to you with a postmark from home, and inside something handwritten in a recognized scrawl. It’s somehow much more personal than an email or social media post can ever be.
The absolute best method of contact, however, has been Skype. I’m able to talk to my dad every few days, and have face-to-face conversations with my boyfriend daily. Though the connection is not always completely reliable, it certainly makes the 4441 miles seem a little less. (The six hour time difference does pose minor difficulty from time to time.)
So, 40 days into my 4.5 month adventure I’m undeniably missing home and all the amazing people there, but it’s nice to know that they are only a click away.