Tomorrow, I head back home. This time in America has been a wonderful, wonderful experience, and I'm really sad that it is drawing to a close. At the same time, though, I won't attempt to deny that I yearn to see my family again, and that I feel like sniffing some European air. BUT IT IS SAD. Because I won't see Emma for a long, long time after this - and we'll go back to being the email-writing, chat-box-filling friends that we've been for so long. I'm so thankful for this visit - I got to know Emma even better; we got to know each other's real-life mannerisms, we got used to hearing each other's voices in the same room, to being in each other's presence and breathing the same air.
I love it here, and I'm sad to leave. I'll never forget this first visit. Not everything was gold and silver - there were times when I wished I was home, and when adjusting to a different household required some slight patience. There were times for Emma when adjusting to hosting a girl required some... adjusting. But allinall, and all that, t'was Swell as Swell's Land. (I made that up. It just sounds good, okay?)
We watched endless Blimey Cow videos, sang songs while going to places in the car, rode our bikes through pretty streets, went swimming and laughed as the day went on. Yesterday I was looking back on my journal, and felt kind of nostalgic. All those happy moments we've had these past three weeks are... done. And tomorrow the whole visit will be... done. And then all I'll have is the memories. Life is so dreadfully sad right, Emma???
(Shush. Let me make this dramatic. I'm seventeen, for Pete's sake.)
So... goodbye for now. I shall be disappearing for several weeks - journey back home, time adjusting, family vacation, no internet; you know the jest - but I SHALL be back. To haunt you. (And by that time I'll have the podcast ready... hopefully.) So adieu, m'dears. See you then!
(Please pray for my journey back, because I'm slightly worried about it. Also, pray that saying goodbye won't be too sad. Because for some ODD reason, I have this feeling it will be.)