I’ve always wondered about the possibility of having two real homes, and looking back at that moment, my heart couldn’t have felt happier to have the chance to go to China, where a lifetime adventure was waiting for me to spend with family and friends. Nevertheless, the thought of leaving home comforts and traveling to a distant land clenched to my brain, bringing bouts of homesickness. But as the plane plunged off the runway lights into the night’s darkness, my dark doubts were purged by light. With finality, I turned my thoughts around, and as I left the small city of
Around June 2006, my mom and I embarked on what would be a trip filled with unparalleled experiences: Visiting family, sightseeing, and procuring memories to be cherished for a lifetime. We booked two seats on Air
We had planned to stay at my grandma’s house, and by all means, she was a gracious host. After seeing the bustling city, with its skyscrapers and endless traffic, we were glad to arrive at her apartment village. The sight of my grandma, along with her adroit cooking of authentic Chinese food and motherly personality, seemed to purge my remaining homesickness bouts altogether, and as family, we started to share our laughs, conversing, and memories.
As I adjusted to my new home in the East, we were bombarded with neighbor visits constantly in the first week or so, as word spread that my mom was back in
Gradually, I felt the “aura” of
Too quickly, the time of parting came, and again, my mom and I found ourselves saying goodbyes to our family. Now accustomed to
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