This post was inspired by Joy.
I remember a few months ago when I just couldn’t WAIT to get to Brazil. I thought it would be so nice to be in the heat, lie on the beach all day, have fun meeting Nuni’s friends and do my best to learn the language. It has been nice, and we’ve been so blessed here; but I encountered many unexpected feelings and situations. I didn’t expect to feel lonely in a room full of people. I didn’t expect to get so sun burned that I’d throw up. I didn’t expect to get excited to go shopping because I’d be in the AC for a while. In times of discomfort, it is way too easy to focus on the negative and forget about all of the wonderful things around you. So right now I am going to make a list of the things I love about Brazil/Floripa.
-mangoes(and other fruit, but mangoes are the best)
-caldo de cana(sugar cane juice), coconut water straight out of the coconut
–petit gateau with Nuni and his Dad at a fancy sushi restaurant
-being able to wear a dress every day if I want
-the pool in the backyard
-chatting with my sister in law
-attempted communication with my mother in law
-how my nephew tries so hard to explain things to me and makes an effort to learn english phrases
-my grandmother-in-law’s laugh and how every single time we visit her she sends me back with Sonho de Valsa(my favourite chocolate)
-my other grandmother-in-law’s abundance of gifts
Now here I am again, getting very excited about going back to Canada and re-starting our life in the north. There are so many things I am looking forward to. And I’m sure there will be a lot of things that will happen that I don’t expect. But here are the things I can’t wait for:
-to cuddle our dog Lucy
-to visit with my parents and relatives
-to see our wonderful friends again, particularly in the Yukon
-being able to say what I want to say
-sleeping under the covers
-Reese Peanut Butter Cups, home made cookies and muffins
I suppose what I’m learning and what I need to master is to give thanks in all circumstances; to try and appreciate the good things in the midst of the bad or unexpected. Because there are good things all around and so, so many things I take for granted.