I’ve been working away from home a lot. For the past four months I’ve traveled from Scotland to London and back each week. My work is great and worth the effort, but it means that I have very little time for friends and family. You might think this is a bad thing, but for the first time in years I know what it is to truly appreciate the people around me. When I see a text message from a friend or get a call from my parents, I’m overjoyed. I feel loved and it’s wonderful to know that they miss me as much as I miss them.
This time away from home also makes me appreciate Scotland, with all its calm and distance from the London rat-race. They each have things to recommend them, London with its energy and vibrance (and slightly warmer temperatures). Scotland with its calm, green scenery and rolling farmlands, Edinburgh Castle and those things that were familiar and took for granted this past ten years. They are finer in my eyes now that I can no longer see them every day.
When I’m at home in Scotland, I feel calm. The cat sits beside me on the sofa. The fire is blazing cheerily at my feet. I have no one to please but myself. The coffee is on tap.
In London, I can’t wait to see what the day will bring. My colleagues are unique and interesting people. I can look across the Thames on the train and see the City open up before me. I feel full of energy and I wish I had all the time in the world to explore the city I’ve always loved.
So, it’s true, absence does make the heart grow fonder. (and yes, the grass is always greener)
Write about something or someone you miss.