We've had our mums here for the past couple of weeks and it's been really nice. Just spending time and chatting. Being with people who know you well and you can relax with. It was wonderful to have their visit as something to look forward to, as well.
They left late last night. This morning, I've been tidying up the house. Getting it back to non-visitor state. Finding items that were left behind. It feels quiet, sad and a little lonely.
Even though, I love living here and don't want to return to Australia, it's sad saying goodbye. It's sad not having your loved ones nearby to call on at a moment's notice. Knowing that the kids will be bigger, older, different next time we see them.
I've spent the morning hoping they enjoyed themselves, that we didn't drive them too crazy, that I wasn't too moody, that we showed them a good time.
Today feels like going back to work or school after a long holiday. Having to get on with it, everything feeling a little different and strange. Knowing the normal routine needs to return, missing the holiday routine you created.
So while it's lovely having the moment where you reunite with family, the downside is that moment you have to say goodbye. It makes you miss your old friends and family just that little bit more. While I'm happy here, you do miss the comfort of old friendships and people who know you well. As time moves on and your out of sight, you hear just that little bit less from people too, which is normal but a little sad.
So this morning I'll mope for a little bit. Then I'll suck it up, laugh with some new friends this afternoon and look forward to a weekend spent with my little family of 5.
Gorgeous, scented blooms left behind as a thank you.