Three weeks down, one to go. This week has been full of crazy weather changes, a beautiful hike, a beach, some drinks, and some great friends to do it all with. It's hard to believe this time next week, I’ll be done with the SUISS creative writing program.
I surprised myself with how well I was doing with not feeling homesick. There was one little time on the first day I was here that I talked to my mom over video chat, and one little tear fell. Up until now, I was completely fine and hadn't felt any more homesick than just that little moment. Yesterday was my Mom's birthday, and I didn't get to spend the day with her like I usually do. On top of that, I just got off a video call with my Mom and my aunt who are at the NASCAR race we go to every year. I was fine talking to them, but as soon as I hung up, I wished I was there with them. My mom is playing it cool; she keeps saying she's enjoying her alone time and doesn't really miss me much. I choose to believe she's using a form of reverse psychology, so I feel better about being so far from home.
That's not to say I’m having a bad time here. I’m having a great time; I’m learning a lot, and I've met some amazing people who I know will be my friends for life. There are two girls, in particular, I met here, one lives about 45 minutes from me back home, and we have already planned to do things months from now. The other lives a lot farther, but I know we’ll stay close too! We have even nonchalantly planned a ten-year reunion to come back here. And by 'planned' I really mean, my one friend mentioned it in conversation, and now I’m going to make sure we actually do it. With any luck, we’ll visit Scotland again together in 2029.