Friday, November 4, 2011
The toilet paper countdown has begun!
Now that I'm not spending indecent amounts of time attempting to write in Spanish, we've turned our attention to other pressing matters. Such as this morning's discussion regarding how much toilet paper we will use up before we leave! Should I buy more and how much more? Such are the existential debates happening at the Prince-Johansson household these days.
Yep, it's time. We are in our last stage here. We can all feel it. We counted and I think we only have 6 or 7 weekends left! Last week I contacted the kids' principal back at home and confirmed our post-winter break arrival. The kids have just a little over a month of school left here before summer break.
Our friend Jenny asked me about how it feels to be winding down. As you would expect, it's a mix of feelings. We're starting to get excited about returning, especially about seeing family and friends. We talked with some of the kids' friends back home on skype the other week and it was pretty fun. I can't wait to have a clothes dryer again. Towels without that damp smell!!! Very exciting. And when tough stuff happens now, its okay since we know its time limited.
But of course, we won't have the ocean out our window and the streets won't be owned by the pedestrians. We'll probably quickly fall back into the busyness of it all and we'll have to get into a car again. I'll miss doing mosaics each week and in particular the fun, women's banter that accompanies each class. Instead I'll need to find job again. I'll miss walking the kids to school each day and chatting with Maria Magal, our newspaper vendor each trip up and down the hill. We've made some good friends here. People who generously made room for us in their lives' knowing that we would only be here for the year. It'll be hard to say goodbye.
And I'm guessing we'll miss a whole lot of other things that we probably won't realize until we're back in the snowy tundra.
So anyways, you're invited to enter the toilet paper countdown pool! Send your guesses and maybe we'll buy a pisco sour for the winner. :-)