I am looking forward to being with family and catching up with friends. Whereas last year I was worried about reverse culture shock, this year I know that baring jet lag and living out of a suitcase for 6 weeks, the transition will be easy and all will be very familiar.
I hope that my family enjoys Max and he gets to spend some solid and memorable time with his cousin and aunts, uncles and grandparents. It will be good to spend time up in Vermont where I can walk outside in the morning to see not a building or soul but rather just the green mountains. Max and I will pick blueberries at my mom's and tomatoes and beans and whatever cornucopia of veggies my dad is growing over at his place. I expect to take Max to some tractor sales places and a good smattering of real farms. If I get my act together, I'll reach out to a couple of high school friends that I have been in touch with recently through Facebook. Seems like most of the people I knew are still in VT and living in the boonies with dogs, chickens, bees, rabbits and other such wildlife. My life couldn't be farther from that at the moment.
Who's happier I wonder.
Signing off for a while,