3 Months Ago…
It’s hard to believe that three months ago today I left Japan. In some ways, it seems like ages since I left, and in others, it feels like just days ago. On March 14th, I left Japan in a whirlwind, after an emotionally wearing four days. As my plane lifted off the ground at Narita, I breathed a huge sigh of relief, but I didn’t regret being in Japan for a minute, and I still don’t. I’m thankful for that time with my family and getting the rare opportunity to get to know my nephews.
As I look back on Gluten Freedom during that time, it’s particularly eerie that I published this post 45 minutes before the earthquake hit. Clearly, I had no idea what was coming.
In those three months, I haven’t seen my brother, sister-in-law and the boys in person. Shortly after I left Japan, Alden, Pete and Chip were able to ultimately get stateside (after many, many flights), thankfully. Rob is still in Japan and his ship actually left Yokusuku yesterday to embark on another tour. He’ll be reunited with his family later this summer. I’m going to see Alden and the boys this weekend and I can’t wait to be with them. Chip turned two yesterday and he continues to be a sweet and wonderful child, full of personality. Pete’s growing and I’m sure has changed so much since we parted ways in March. Alden remains my hero and has been an amazing mother throughout all of this. Can you tell I’m excited to see them??
From March to June, I finished up a successful lacrosse season, got through exams with my students, and am now enjoying a more leisurely pace of summer. I’ve had two articles published in Living Without Magazine, on Washington, D.C. and Montana/Wyoming and tried to keep up with Gluten Freedom when I have a spare moment. This May, former students and advisees of mine graduated from college. (I’m old!) More former students then graduated from high school in June. I have a new niece, Anna Lohne Metcalf, born in May. David and I’ve been to four weddings, in Atlanta, Richmond, New York and DC, with a fifth on the way this weekend on the Eastern Shore.
So many things to celebrate! Life is good.