Three weeks…just three weeks have past since saying goodbye to our life in Maine. As the days turn into weeks, Maine seems like a distant dream… added to the faint Paris dream of 2011.
We arrived near midnight August 17th and hit the ground running–literally.
Our lives quickly took a 360 degree turn. At least for me it did. The Chef is going back to a ship he is familiar with, an 87 ft cutter. And I, a career I vowed never to return to, yet am very very familiar with. Let’s just say the verdict is still out on whether it will last for the year and ten months we have here.
Returning is quite strange to say the least. Everything is familiar yet very different, if that even makes sense. From our apartment, to our jobs, to buying groceries to hanging out with friends. It’s really as if we never left–yet in a way it does. We are certainly not the same Traveling Pear that left in June 2011. We’ve definitely been changed by the thousands of miles, new friendships and the many unforgettable experiences we encountered along our journey from here to there and back again (some heart-wrenching, others priceless and awesome). As a friend of mine said–we’re still on that traveling adventure that we set out to do in 2011… just making a “pit-stop” for a little while to be with family, earn some Forever Farm capital, and then move on to the next experience.
So here’s to staying positive and remembering why we’re here. It’s OK that we can’t drive two miles to our favorite resto that serves up farm-to-table phenomenal cuisine by a James Beard award winning chef, or venture out to our adopted farm to give Don an apple while sipping on cider or order half-priced Health Tonics from 40 Paper with our Abbie Burgess family or dangle our legs on the side of the Seine while drinking an Orangina. Those experiences are what have made us who we are now—and we’re forever grateful for them. And who’s to say we won’t ever do them again. We certainly can and WILL!
Besides, Galveston is where the Pear said “I do” and that in itself is worth coming back to… if only for a year and ten months. :-)