Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Day 3-Strange Planet

Day three on strange planet starts off well as we go out for breakfast to a rather hip looking coffee breakfast place.  We have always enjoyed going out to breakfast before in America so we looking forward to taking the boys. Shad is thrilled with his Soy Chai Tea. Our coffee, however, arrives in soup bowls. I look at Sean. "Are you ok with the soup bowl or do you want to ask for a different cup?" He says he is ok so we just go with it. We sip away and after awhile she comes to refill our cups. Sean looks up surprised. Are you kidding? This will last us until next Tuesday!

That night, lying in my bed I feel so disconnected. It definitely doesn't feel like home. I decide to pretend I'm just on vacation and then I feel better. Yes, I think I'll go with denial. 


  1. Shandra, I love reading your blog! I can honestly say that you've had me laughing and then, in the next line, crying. I can really identify with what you're feeling - except opposite! I feel like your re-entry feelings match up almost exactly with my entry feelings in coming to Italy. Even now, a year after I moved here. I can definitely understand your denial. Last summer I began thinking, "If I think about living here for at least 5 years, I will freak out. I can't do it! Just a month at a time..."
    Anyway, I just want you to know that I am thinking of you often and praying for all of the Galloways. Thanks for including us in your journey. Like I said, I feel like your words are giving voice to some of my feelings. Thank you.

  2. Shandra, I'm glad I found your blog and that you are writing. Your friend had a good idea! I can relate to much that write but probably not with the intensity that you are feeling it. I will continue to pray for you as God reveals the next step for each one of you and for you all as a family. (PS loved the term "ontological lightness--that describes the re-entry existence well!)

  3. Thanks for commenting. You know I am such an extrovert I don't like to do anything alone. It is a great comfort knowing there are others feeling what I am feeling.It is therapeutic writing for some reason, I highly recommend it. Lindsay, I hope my blog doesn't dissuade you from falling in love with Italy and those who live there. It is worth the pain, I think...