Several years ago, I sat in an incredibly small tin can with my sister, brother-in-law, and Husband as we road tripped our way back to my sister's house in southern Germany from Prague. Our hair was soaked and skin still damp from the rainstorm we ran through after taking our last gulp of the spectacular city that morning. We all were reticent to leave, but we stuffed ourselves in the car anyway. The journey back was to be a long, seven hour drive.
I'm clearly long overdue for an update. My apologies. The last couple weeks have been a normalization period, in a manner of speaking. Boxes are (for the most part) unpacked, almost all of the rest of our furniture will arrive tomorrow, and we're settling into our respective employment schedules. Life can best be described as the same, but different.
I find more beauty on this island every day. We're still trying to learn more about our new world at every opportunity. I think this process will continue for years. From exploring the local political spectrum to learning more about the island's history, I want to learn about it all. We have a long way to go and it's the daily life lessons that are the low-hanging fruit of things we're picking up.
I haven't been a fan of the second quarter for a while. Since losing my dad in 2003, the second quarter has contained some challenging dates. Dad's birthday in April, the Deathiversary in May, Father's Day in June. This year, Husband and I have redefined the second quarter. April is now the month that we official moved to Maui. May is the month we found a home in Kihei. June brought employment opportunities. This second quarter was much less about absence and endings. It was about new beginnings and possibilities. Rediscovery.