South Dakota

December 30, 2016 – January 5, 2017

I was officially back in South Dakota for the rest of my vacation. I did a lot of hanging out at the house. My lazy factor was at an all time high.

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For New Years Eve we went down to Sioux Falls to my Burggraff side of the family’s get together. Both days were a bit awkward for me. I am not close to that side of the family so there was a lot of small talk. Throughout my whole trip I had been asked so many questions that I was getting a bit tired of it.

A few days before I left America I went to see Lee and Ulla. I hadn’t seen Lee since his brain aneurism, so seeing him in almost good health was great. It is amazing that I can still knock on their door after all these years. They have known me since I was two, so they have literally watched me grow up.

I continued to hangout at the house, go to the gym, and eat food. Lots and lots of food.

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My favorite meal

On my last day we drove down to Sioux Falls to stay with my grandparents. They live really close to the airport, so it was convenient. All of a sudden my mom got a text message that said my flight to Denver was cancelled due to weather. I almost went into panic mode as I frantically called United Airlines. My panic soon calmed down when I realized they were going to help me get to Taiwan, I just needed to be patient. After 30 minutes on the phone the woman was able to reroute me through Chicago and then Tokyo. I was going to still get to Taiwan, but four hours later. On the way to my grandparents my mom made sure I got one last burger at Culver’s. She sure does know me.

We woke up early the next morning and my parents took me to the airport. It was a sad goodbye. I really did not want to leave home or America, but I needed to get back to my job. After long hugs and tears I waved one last time and made my way back to Taiwan.

 

I was so scared to go back to America. So many things had changed and it seemed easier to just stay in Taiwan and hide from all the things I couldn’t control. I am so glad I didn’t do that and the adult in me won that battle. I had a great time at home seeing all of my friends. Although changes in my family were confusing and emotionally challenging for me to understand, seeing them were necessary. I think living abroad is more complex than we give it credit. Going back home made me realize a lot about how I had changed and how my loved ones had changed too. I guess that is a part of growing up that I am starting to get used to. Until next time, America!