"We are all wanderers on this earth...our hearts are full of wonder, and our souls are deep with dreams." ~ Gypsy proverb

Friday, November 16, 2012


Sunset shot, courtesy of the boy...

I found it amusing to look over and see the kids studiously reviewing the cards as the flight attendants were doing their safety routine.

We've only been back for a day and Mom has already taught the kids how to make a mini Japanese container garden. They loved doing it and I loved watching them together...

And it was then that I felt a pang of---what---is there a word for that?  A feeling that holds not regret or sadness,  maybe sentiment? Where I don't regret anything, but still miss what could be? If there isn't a word for this, I/someone needs to invent one as it will surface often this week.

It is good to be back in Orlando. It's good to feel the love from family and friends who are eager to make time for us. It's good to be on familiar roads and look forward to familiar restaurants. (Sidetrack: Did you know that Orlando has a large Vietnamese population and in my humble opinion, has some of the best Vietnamese restaurants I've ever had? Nothing in Colorado compares so far).

Yesterday I ran into an old friend that I use to work with 10 years ago, it was good to see her too.

As hard as it can be sometimes, it's good to miss something isn't it. We appreciate them better, and make the time we do have more meaningful. The kids are learning this and it brings me so much joy to see them with the ones that love them so much.

I know I state the obvious, I'm good at that. It's good to be good at something ;).

Have a good- fabulous weekend...



  1. I don't know what that word is, but if you ever do find it, please let me know.

    You write the obvious gloriously. It's been too long since I've been here. Hope you enjoy being "home".

  2. I know this feeling. There is a bit of cognitive dissonance that is experienced. I hope you enjoy the time... I look forward to what you might feel as you arrive "home" in colorado!


  3. Oh yes, so good to miss something. Enjoy your time with your family.

  4. that's a very sweet post. I actually think it's quite rare that people state the obvious. it seems that many don't find it interesting enough any more.

    have a most fabulous weekend yourself xo

  5. Perhaps the word you are looking for could be....bittersweet?
    At any rate, just know that you could move back if you ever wanted to. Perhaps you don't and won't. But if you DID, it's not impossible.


    1. Oh, I have always, always loved the word bittersweet.

  6. I hope you have a really nice comfy visit!

  7. MJ, what a beautiful reflection. For as good as it is to see you settled and really home in your new state, it is also good to see you embrace that sense of home back home too.

  8. Well, Blogger is clearly not good at keeping up with your posts as this one has only just shown up in my reading list...

    It's a beautiful post and I know exactly what you mean about this 'pang of something' - I get that too... Hope you had a lovely time. xo

  9. Your talk of Vietnamese food is making me hungry! Vietnamese food is one of my favourites. How beautful to know you have a wonderful place to visit and fall back into, you home away from home. Jacinta x

  10. What a beautiful description...I thought of the German word "Sehnsucht" which means longing, nostalgia, of the soul.


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