So, after a month-long holiday we are back home – with huge suitcases and many, many bags of crazy shopping, great memories and thousands of photographs.
We lug all the bags up the lift. When we finally turn the key in the lock, that wonderful smell of ‘home’ makes us close our eyes in bliss. Yay, we are home!
We are a little weary from all the travelling, eating, shopping and over eating. We are jet-lagged, and like electric bulbs going off, the children drop-off into nodland.
I open the windows and let fresh air breeze through the house. I take a few more deep breaths of ‘home’.
I smell my favourite cypress freshner, a little bit of the prayer incense and the fragrance of our home, that is so unique to it – made up of all the things that are in it and that make it what it is.
There’a a bit of ‘weary’ in me as I mull over all the things I will have to do, starting from cleaning the house and stocking-up on supplies, and changing the sheets and getting ready for school and holiday homework and the hundreds of small things that will need doing.
This is the flip-side of the ‘being away the whole month’ coin.
And the unpacking! How could I forget that!
But, believe me, it feels great to be back, and to sit on the couch and dream about the holiday.
My eyes droop but I cannot indulge myself – here, at home, the buck stops with me. I need a super-size caffeine shot to get me going. I make myself some extra-strong filter coffee. I amble back to the couch.
I relish every drop as long as I can, for I know that the moment the coffee mug gets empty, I’m on duty………till the next holiday.
But seriously, there’s no place like home.