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.
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.
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!