Friday, May 13, 2011


I arrived home on Saturday around 6:30, and walked out of the airport to find my parents and one brother waiting for me. It was truly a feeling like no other. I haven't been home since December, when Derek and I PCSed to our new station...and I don't think I truly realized just how homesick I was until I arrived here.

So far I've spent the past week eating everything I couldn't get in Washington...Italian hoagies, Pica's upside down pizza, seafood and steaks grilled at my Mimom's house and then some. I've been around people who call me "hun" and say "wooder" instead of water. I've watched the 6 o'clock news to see images of the Philadelphia Zoo, updates on my favorite team, the Phillies, and weather that doesn't include ten consecutive days of rain.

Being home is such a wonderful thing, and I can't think of anything better to do when Derek is away. I spent my birthday with my mommy, I've had dinners with my family and gotten to catch up with neighbors and friends whom I've known all my life. I've had the ladies at the nail and hair salons guessing when my baby will actually arrive, aunts guessing what I'm having, and quiet nights of sleep that are only interrupted when I have to get up to pee in the middle of the night. I've had familiar nights of watching Law and Order on the couch with my mom, hugs from my daddy, and laughs that send you to tears compliments of my brother's hilarity. What's better than that? Well, I can tell you that what's better is having parents who are so happy you're home, they offer to change your flight so you get to stay here for an extra week and a half.

This is what it is to be home. And it's truly where my heart is.

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