With that said, I did have a homesick day yesterday that came as a result of going to IKEA. We have an IKEA in Seattle, but I rarely go there. Perhaps I had an inner urge for something familiar, and a teacher from Caleb’s school told me that IKEA had good toys. I’ve been wanting to get some toys for the boys, but the toys I’ve found are either way expensive (Fisher Price, V-Tech) or not safe. So, off to IKEA I went. Turns out they didn’t have very many toys, which after I got there, I realized that in Seattle they don’t have a lot of toys either. Anyway, I looked around since I was there, and that’s when the homesickness started. As I walked around the store, I found so many things that I missed from our home in Bothell – plants, baking dishes, decorations, bedding (that isn’t white), picture frames – I could go on and on. I was tempted to buy everything to make our apartment more homey, but common sense that we’re only here for 6 months forbade me. I ended up buying a few things that we will use a lot while we’re here and consoled myself with an ice cream cone after checking out. I don’t think I’ll be going back there soon, unless I get a craving for swedish meatballs from their restaurant. Yum!
I haven’t really felt homesick at all since moving to Beijing 6 weeks ago. I’m really enjoying all of our adventures. We have met such wonderful people here who have welcomed us with open arms. I can already tell that it will be hard to go home knowing that we won’t see most of them again.