We are home and almost unpacked, which is amazing in and of itself, LOL!
I traveled more on the honeymoon than I ever have in my previous years of life put together!
We met so many people on the cruise, and sadly, did not see many happy marriages being emulated for us. However, that does not have to be our story.
OUR story is being written by us, a chapter every day. We are back home with cats and dogs, dishes in the sink and full trashcans to be emptied. We are home with the fact that we were gone for nearly two weeks, and storms didn’t take our home away and burglars didn’t break in and steal everything and vandalize the floors and walls.
The pets didn’t escape from the kennel or die, the freezer didn’t quit working, and the basement didn’t get flooded. The planes on which we rode didn’t have mechanical problems, and the ship was not boarded by terrorists.
None of the things about which I worried happened, which was amazing and affirming. I used to be so scared of leaving the house when I was still in Florida, because then I wouldn’t be in control to mitigate when bad things happened. (And bad things always happened, between storms, robberies, and just general neighborhood harassment.) This experience, as wonderful as the trip itself was, pales in comparison to the most uneventful homecoming I have ever had. We came home in darkness, yet to me the house was lit up like a beacon of safety and strength. This is the first time that I have left for so long, and yet, everything was perfectly fine as I had left it. Even the grass and garden looked better than when I had left (because of all the good rains)!
My faith renewed, I put down a small deposit on our next cruise, which means I am willing to leave my cocoon again for new adventures. It may be next year or even in 2012, as I have four (4) years to actually decide. Nevertheless, I’m looking forward to something instead of dreading its outcome!
For now though, I’m basking in the familiar of home, enjoying the new blossoms in the garden, and sleeping more soundly with the sound of snoring dogs, purring cats and one happy husband.