I haven't written much lately. I am not apologizing.
I haven't written much:
- not because there's nothing to write about;
- not because I haven't had the time;
- I have been traveling a lot, it's true;
- I haven't felt the need to amuse myself by reminiscing about recent events; and
- I don't feel the need to explain my environment to you, dear friends and family, because I'm pretty sure you're already all too familiar with where I am - physically speaking, at least.
I do feel the need to further dissect my reactions to being back in the U.S., but not until I get back home. (Funny, isn't it, how in the Netherlands "home" is Ann Arbor, and in Ann Arbor "home" is in the Netherlands. It was bound to happen. I've become one of those people who doesn't fit anywhere. But there I go anyway, digressing down the road of dissection...)
I'm currently reading (and recommend) "Eat, Pray, Love" by Elizabeth Gilbert. In the book about her four months in Italy, she says:
Still, when I look at myself in the mirror of the best pizzeria in Naples, I see a bright-eyed, clear-skinned, happy and healthy face. I haven't seen a face like that on me for a long time.
I can't say for certain - perhaps Charles has noticed - but I think The Scowl has been missing from this trip, as well. I can't say it's purely because of travel. I do love me some travel, but I know The Scowl still accompanied us on our whirlwind tour of Europe in 1996, and I have photographic evidence that it tagged along with us to Sicily, arguable the most enjoyable trip we've ever taken (witness Exhibit A, photo #5).
Truth be told, I think The Scowl usually appears as I pore through the guide book for wherever we are, trying to determine the most exciting or interesting thing to see or do and the best way to get there. But it didn't bother joining us in Korea, Michigan or North Carolina, I guess because we don't need no stinking guide books for those places.
Regardless, I'm pleased to say that the past two weeks have been extremely pleasant and Scowl-free. We have a couple more days yet of relaxation, hanging out and enjoying some of our favorite places, faces and foods in the U.S. And I'm looking forward to posting and sharing Scowl-free and Aldus-full photos in a few days, perhaps along with some emotional dissection of what it's been like to be back in Tree Town.