Will my home ever feel like home?
This time a year ago we were travelling around South Africa visiting family and friends. Today I am over on the Mummy and the Mexican’s Blog as a guest blogger on her Nomad, Expat, Immigrant – Stories from Life Abroad series. I talk about how I feel as a ‘blow-in’ living in Ireland and my experiences every time I go back to South Africa.
Any time when families get together – like Easter and Christmas, I am reminded how our family is so spread apart around the world. This past Easter I had a little low moment thinking that I’d have loved to be spending the day having a big meal with my ‘far-est’ and dearest. The moment swiftly passed though when the friends we had invited over arrived. Suddenly we had seven kids and six adults hunting for Easter eggs in our garden followed by a session of tea, scones and banana bread in our living room.
We have had to make a new family for ourselves here within our community. At least we more or less get to pick our ‘new’ family which you can never do with your own!!
Here’s the beginning of my story over on Ruth’s blog:
“Every time I go back to South Africa to visit family and friends I feel sadder about leaving it behind to return to Ireland. This increasing sadness has caught me by surprise because I assumed that after almost 14 years of living here it would get easier coming back. I feel more and more settled here, but at the same time the heartache is getting worse.Just so you understand, I am really happy living in Ireland – I call it home, we have bought a lovely house and are raising four children here, our roots have started to run deep. That’s what makes this longing so much more mystifying to me…”
You can read the rest of the post here: The Wrong Coat
- Here’s the post I wrote about our trip to South Africa this time last year containing a long list of sights that I miss from there.
- I also wrote a tongue-in-cheek post about some of the obvious differences between where we live now and the place we left behind here: From Egoli to Glynn.
- Here’s another light-hearted look at some of the cultural differences: My silly list of Irish threes