I’m going back to the States next week. I really can’t believe that I’ve reached a year here in Uganda and it’s time for my first visit back!! The past couple of weeks I have to admit I’ve had quite a few sad days. Honestly, the thought of leaving my wonderful home here just makes me sad. Not that I’m not looking forward to seeing my family and friends Stateside, but I do really love life here. I love coming home to my cozy little house at the end of full days. I love making sour cream and cream cheese out of yogurt. I love sleeping in a cocoon of mosquito netting. I love spending time with my friends here. I love kids waving at me as I drive down the road. I love people’s happy surprise when I greet them in Luganda. I love hearing the children chime, "Ah-Uh!" when I say, "Hello?!?" Pretty much, I just really love life here. period.
So in order to chase away the sad days and get excited about my time back home, I’ve been making a list of things I’m going to love about being back.
The simple things I’m looking forward to:
Being called Melanie again
I really do miss the way Americans say Melanie
Mosquito bite free legs
Oh to not itch for 3 months!!!!
Making faces at my sister
Michelle, I’m ready for you :-P
Effortlessly clean toenails
yes, they are clean now….it just took a while :)
Drying my towels in a dryer
I really don’t mind line-drying the rest of my cloths, but towels just don’t get fluffy again by line-drying
Playing the piano
hopefully my fingers will be kind to me
Driving on pot-hole free roads
though you might want to stay off the roads for a few weeks until I get used to keeping right again
And of course the big things:
Welcoming my first nephew into the world!!
Girl days with my sisters and girlfriends
Midnight talks with my brothers
Long coffee dates with my mom
Dinner dates with Daddy
Fellowshipping with my church family
All in all, I’m cherishing these last few days in my beloved Uganda and practicing joy for the time I’ll have back in the States. Hope to see many of you soon!