Talee’s back home! For those of you who don’t know, my daughter Talee left in June to study abroad. You can read my post the day she left, here.
Last night my husband and I went to the airport to pick her up. We didn’t see her at baggage claim, where she said she was. I scanned the crowd of travelers, and couldn’t find her.
Then I heard her voice. “Mom!” I turned around and my beautiful twenty year old came running to me. She gave me the tightest, longest hug. Which of course, I returned, even tighter, and even longer. I can’t describe how good it felt to kiss her cheek and run my hand through her hair.
Talee was great at keeping in touch with us throughout her trip. I received countless texts, pictures, and videos. We Face Timed twice. I knew she was fine. But still… a momma worries.
She was thousands of miles away, in countries that she doesn’t speak the language. Traveling can be super stressful. Would she get on the right planes/trains/metros? Would she lose her passport? Would she get sick? Would she have a panic attack?
During the six weeks she was gone, I kept extra busy. I couldn’t go to that place of worry because I feared it wouldn’t end. So many things could go wrong. But I purposely didn’t think about bad things happening to my girl in a foreign land.
I was excited for her to have this adventure of a lifetime with some of her best friends. I knew it would change her forever, in a positive way. To see how people in other cultures live, take part in their world, and realize our way is not the only way.
I’m proud of how Talee assimilated so easily. She explored, ate new foods I never thought she’d touch, and appreciated the old cathedrals and museums, and the wealth of history attached to them.
Last night at dinner, as Talee was filling us in on the details of her trip (she has some great stories!), I searched her face to see if she’d changed. She’s more worldly, she’s definitely a more experienced traveler, she’s learned how to handle adversity, and she’s seen things I’ve never seen.
But she’s still my same sweet, fun-loving Talee.
And, she got an A in her international business class.