This was probably the longest stretch I’ve been away from home. I’d forgotten how loud my extended family talks and how funny their conversations are. It plays out like a sitcom. It still amazes me how they can repeat the same point over and over again and everyone else still just plays along like it was a new topic. Their criticism of my too thin physique, hagged looking appearance (that’s usually what happens after a 15 hour flight!) and unladylike/dark outfit, was as frustrating as usual. But it’s always endearing to witness their unfailing appreciation of little things like a boxful of good ol’ American cherries and huge nectarines. My nose allergies are acting up again (I think I’m allergic to my own room) and it’s really hot and humid over here- but it’s good to be home 🙂