Thursday, June 26, 2008


I've done a lot of leaving in the last 2 1/2 years, but no trip has been as hard to contemplate as the one I'm taking Saturday. I don't really know why it is so hard this time. I've been enjoying the work, the people and the experience of living in Delhi, so you'd think this was just the normal trip. I'll be gone longer than normal (4 months) but even that can't explain why I'm struggling so hard to leave. All I can really think about is all of the things I'm going to miss:

  • Diet Vanilla Pepsi and Fresca
  • Driving - and being able to go where I want when I want
  • Target
  • Looking out my back window early in the morning and catching a deer eating my trees
  • Watching Maggie take her first steps
  • Seeing what mischief Sadie gets into each day
  • Wii
  • Standing on the front porch at night and watching the twinkling lights of the city in the valley
  • Sleeping in my own bed
  • Having a clothes dryer, i.e. not needing to iron as many things
  • Mexican food
  • Egg Beaters, Fat Free Cheese, low cal bread, Yoplait yogurt
  • Being able to hop in the car and be in Aurora in 2 hours
  • Being able to see and not just talk to my family
  • Speedy wireless internet that works most of the time
  • Having a place to myself (i.e. not having roommates)
  • Grocery stores big enough to use a cart - and understanding the layout so you can find what you want
  • My mom's cooking
  • Maggie hugs (not so much the kisses - I think she learned to kiss from Pumpkin the dog - all tongue, no lips.)
  • Walking to church
  • Costco
  • Quality toilet paper
  • Central air
  • Clean water
  • Most of all, my family and friends
Maybe tomorrow I'll wake up in a more positive frame of mind and can convince myself to write a list about all the good things about going back to Delhi for 4 months. For now, since I still have Alison Krauss on my mind (see my last post) how about a brilliant remake of one of my favorite 80's songs, "Missing You" by John Waite and Alison Krauss:

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