Another month, another article written for the Canadian Australian Club member newsletter…here’s your sneak peek…
The Highs and Lows of a Trip Home
You’ve been on a high since booking your trip. You’re finally doing it, going “home” for a visit. You’re excited. You’re sleeplessly anticipating enjoying some of the great things that remain back in Canada while you have moved here (a Timmies double double a Hershey’s Skor bar perhaps?) You may even write your list of the things you’ll have to buy (Clamato juice) the places you’ll shop (Costco, Danier, The Bay, Canadian Tire).
But along comes the low – all those details – you have to organize for mail pickup, house, plant and/or pet sitting, clean out the fridge, pay bills in advance and then you realize that you won’t be in your own home, sleeping in your own bed, eating your favourite foods, sitting in your favourite chair or be surrounded by your stuff for a while.
But then there’s the high when you realize just how excited you are about seeing your family and friends. It feels like ages since you have. They can’t wait to see their token Aussie. You make lots of plans to get together, trying to squeeze in as much as you can with as many people as possible.
You’re on Canadian soil, but you’re greeted with another low. Even though you’ve travelled a great distance to see people, life happens. Some people can’t get together as promised. Some of your plans get cancelled due to weather. You can’t see everyone you’d like to because you simply run out of time. And then there are those who just don’t make a visit a priority.
But then there’s the high you get when you are actually physically, in the same place, face to face with those you love and you get to laugh and connect and pick up where you left off, like it was just yesterday. You’re revitalized by the parade of big long hugs, kisses, smiles, happy chatter and familiar laughter.
But that’s punctuated with the low when you realize that so much has transpired in your absence – some you hear about, some you don’t, but you realize that you weren’t there to live through things with your loved ones and that has makes you a little sad.
Then there’s the high that comes from making plans for your friends to come visit you – to come and see your new home. You’re excited by all the wonderful places you’ve found and highlights you’ve discovered that you’re only too happy to share with them when they visit you in this far off land down under that you’ve chosen as your new home.
Then there’s the low when you realize that your trip is almost over and soon you’ll be saying “good byes”.
Then there’s the high of looking forward to reconnecting with the things you’ve missed from your new Aussie life and you start making plans that you look forward to once you’re back home.
To make leaving even harder then you have the low that comes from spending 16 hours on a plane in close contact with three small children who take turns wailing with the handoff precision of a professional relay team.
Ah, but then there’s the high that comes from stepping out into the warm Aussie sunshine and having it welcome you back with a warm kiss that reaches deep into your bones.
You see something that you so want to share with your Canadian friends, but you realize you’ve hit another low because that’s near impossible given just how far away they actually are.
But not soon after that, along comes that high you’ve been waiting for. You get to lay your jetlagged head down in your own bed.
Highs meet lows. Lows give way to highs. A trip home really can be much like a roller coaster ride. And while they both feel way too short, they are thrilling and memorable. And, regardless of the lows, most of us love them and can’t wait to go again.