Today, Philippe and I are making the long journey back home to the States. Our prompt of farm animals made me think of a fun French expression, “Oh la vache!” The most literal translation would be something like “Holy Cow!” This is a phrase that we don’t really use much anymore, but the French version is used quite a lot. In our case “Oh la vache!” would be used to proceed a description of all of the difficult effort required in traveling home. And also, a perfect phrase to use prior to describing just how tired we are during this last leg of the trip. We’ve made it back to the states, but have one more plane to take before finally arriving home. It’s like time travel as we head home since we end up back home on the evening of the same day. As fantastic as our trip was, it will be nice to be in our own house again. Though we don’t pick up Phineas from his pet resort until morning, so it will be another night before life returns to normal.
This was actually the smoothest trip we’ve ever had as passport control in France was super fast and there was no line in Customs back in the States. I’m typing this on the plane as I’ve no idea what condition I’ll be in when we land. I’m in that odd state of being awake, but instead of being alert it’s more like I’m sleepwalking. I’m always impressed by people who manage to sleep on planes, but it’s far too uncomfortable for me. It’s about as easy as attempting to sleep while standing upright. Thankfully we have a driver picking us up as I’m not sure either Philippe nor I have any business attempting to drive a car at this point. The ride is a bit bumpy so I keep hitting the wrong keys, as I’m tossed this way and that. Yet, it’s strangely peaceful still and dark save the single person with their overhead light lit. It’s hard to believe in this quiet moment that we had breakfast in Paris in this same day.
Granted, our Paris friends and family are all asleep now, and we will be as well just a couple of hours after finally arriving at home. We’ve just one day to reset before returning to work on Monday. What I realize now is that it isn’t just the long travel day that makes me feel out of sorts. It’s that wistful feeling of being caught between the present and lovely memories of my very recent past. Thinking of everything and everyone we left behind in Paris, yet excited to return to Kansas City again. Right now, I’m simply floating across the sky, caught between two homes with a heart full of happiness. Though, yeah, I also feel thoroughly exhausted and a little loopy to say the least! Staying awake far too long like when I was on college. I somehow remember it being much easier back then. Oh la vache!
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