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Happy Easter!
olivia_nmiller
复活节快乐! Today is both a happy and sad day for me. On one hand I am overjoyed to be spending Easter in a culture that doesn't really know what it is and I love sharing this experience with my friends here. On the other, I am horribly miserable because today is a day to be spent with family and right now I am over 7,000 miles away from my family. Granted it won't be Easter for my family for another few hours yet, but still. It's Easter for me and it's all a little overwhelming.

I've been here for a month and almost a week. Homesickness is really starting to set in and I don't know if it's today or just the amount of time I've spent here that's kicking it up a notch higher. I'm sure it will pass, after all I'm not planning on going back any time in the very near future, so I guess I can only cross my fingers and hope it passes.

Don't get me wrong, I really and truly love being here. But sometimes I wish that HERE was a little bit closer to THERE. I've always been close to my family and being so far away for the very first time is hard. I had to do extensive research on how to make a hard-boiled egg for crying out loud! It's one of those things that I've never had to do by myself. And now here I am, Easter Sunday, not knowing how to cook a damned hard-boiled egg. Here's to hoping they turn out okay! This whole complete independence thing is kind of scary actually. I've never been really ON MY OWN before. And granted I have a few friends here that are willing to show me around and take me places and are making sure I eat at least twice a day, I'm still responsible for my own grocery shopping, my laundry, getting to the center and back to my apartment safely. It's a lot to take in and I can only hope I'm at least keeping my head above water while doing it. I think I'm doing a good job, but how really do you gauge your own success on your own independence?

Well, Happy Easter! In honor of my family tradition of eating cinnamon rolls for breakfast, I've bought myself some tiger skin rolls which will have to be close enough!

OLIVIA

Hey honey,
Mom couldn't get her stuff together in time for Easter so we didn't have cinnamon rolls either this year. We didn't even have breakfast. It was a tough day for all, My theory is we are down one.
Love You
Miss You
Mom

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