However, in the past few weeks I've been feeling, to put it bluntly, like I can't wait to get the hell out of this country and go back to America.
Maybe all expats feel like this at some point. For me, I think it's a combination of a few things: the endlessly long school year (July 15!); the constant pain of my knee injury (3 months now!) and the uncertainty about whether I'm facing surgery; a husband who travels constantly, leaving me with sole responsibility for house and kids (you try managing two kids and a 5-story house with knees that don't do stairs. 3 months of going up the stairs on my butt!); plus the fact that I haven't seen my family in an entire year. (Note to family: COME VISIT!!)
Last week, after nine days away, Roger came home to find me crying on the couch while the kids enjoyed a dinner of chips, crackers and day-old pastries. It was not a pretty sight.
I know that all of this is temporary. It's been a rough spring, brutal, I think, when I'm really feeling sorry for myself, but these feelings will pass. I am sure that a good, long trip home will rejuvenate me, give me some perspective (really, I don't have it so bad. I know that.), and restore my enthusiasm for life in Luxembourg.
So, to get me through these last couple of weeks before school is out and I can, in fact, get back to the good old U.S. of A. for a long visit with my family (and possibly a knee surgery or two), I thought I'd try writing about some of the things that make me love this country and my experience here. Maybe a reminder of how lucky I am to be in this incredible place will snap me out of my self-pitying funk.
There are actually dozens of things that I love about Luxembourg not particularly things that other people would appreciate or even notice, which is why I haven't posted them here before*, but if listing them cheers me up and reminds me of why I love it here, then that's a good thing, isn't it?
So, with that said, here it is, the first thing about Luxembourg that I absolutely love, something that makes me happy every single day, without exception:
|The view from my deck in early spring.|
But then winter can also be spectacular:
Really, the forest is gorgeous in any season. And did you know that from any point in Luxembourg City you can walk to forest in 15 minutes or less? I'm even luckier because I don't have to travel 15 minutes, I have the forest literally in my back yard. Even though I can't spend hours walking in the woods (because of my knees) like I used to, I can still sit on my back deck, enjoy a glass of wine and watch the birds and butterflies--and bats--swoop through the trees.
Now who could be depressed with a view like that?
Not me... :)
* Okay, so maybe I have posted about forests before, once or twice or twelve times. But it's a big one for me.