Not quite homesick: I can’t believe how fast time has gone by. I have been in the US for 25 days already. That’s almost a whole month. I have moments where I feel like I just arrived yesterday and moments where it feels like I have always been here. Sometimes though, I just have to stop what I’m doing and remind myself where I am. In the US. Me. Living here. Quite CRAZY!
I was able to meet some of the other Au Pairs in the area at a painting event hosted by the agency. We have a cultural event every month where we get together and do something fun. This time we met at a place called Wine & Canvas. Everyone learns to paint the same painting. I’m not quite happy the way mine turned out. And not because I had too much wine. On the contrary… I didn’t have any. I did have fun though. Anyway, this is what it looks like. My “Minnesota Winter Sunset”.
Our next event will be a scavenger hunt at the Mall of America. I will report back to you on that… if I don’t get lost.
Another thing the agency does, is try to prepare you for those times you feel homesick. They advise you to talk to friends, spend time with your host family, get out and about and not lock yourself in your room. My host family is awesome! They have been so welcoming. I love spending time with them and their extended family. We have had some fun times, whether it be at the waterpark in Duluth or just being at home, listening to 70s music and Jimmy Fallon’s tight pants song while sitting on the porch by the fire roasting marshmallows. 🙂
Also, I have made some friends. One very good one in particular. I am lucky to have a wonderful Au Pair living only 3 minutes away with whom I go to get Coldstone ice cream and watch terrible movies at the local theatre. We should really read the reviews before we spontaneously decide to see R rated movies and end up breaking each other’s arms when we squeeze them so tight during the scary parts of the film. Even the PG-13 one was bad. I couldn’t sleep last night. Although that could also be because my amazing sister Lilly was on a plane heading home to Germany after being away for 6 months in Australia with YWAM and I couldn’t be there to welcome her. The first moment I wanted to be back home since being here. I have realised that it’s not really home I miss, but the special family moments that I will not be able to experience. I admit it: I felt a little sad, but not quite homesick. I am beyond grateful for modern technology and its ways of helping people stay in touch. My Mama facetimed me from the car on their way home from the airport. It was almost like I was there. Except I was here, eating cereal out of a big bowl with milk out of an even bigger jug and drinking Starbucks coffee that is available for purchase at the Super Target 10 minutes away, near the mall where I bought all those nice clothes on sale. Life is not so bad 😉
Love, Sophie x
In case anyone is interested in what Lilly has been up to, this is a video she produced. It shows the amazing work she and her team did on their mission trip to the Philippines with YWAM. I’m so proud of all of them!
PS: I never thought I’d have the “Tight Pants Song” and a YWAM outreach video in the same blog post 😀