近海る (Kin Kairu)

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There and Back Again

“THIS WAY, SIR,” an airport agent calls to me as I stand jet lagged in the US citizens line. I approach a booth and am prompted to print out a photo of my face, which is a completely new process to me. I then bring all of the required papers to the customs officer, and had an odd sense of worry about what he might ask me.

“So, what are you bringing home, son?”

“Uh, treats, candy and other stuff like that.”

Then he waves me off with a most halfhearted, “See ya.”

WELCOME HOME!

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C-C-C-C-Changes

While I know I’ve already written about having an anniversary of sorts, it really didn’t hit me until the first day back from summer break just how long I have actually been here.

The same assembly I attended a year ago, with my nerves at their peak, was now just another ritual; Another thing I was required to go to, hear the kids sing and watch them awkwardly “receive” awards they had won during the summer. It was watching this, and imagining where I was standing just last year, that made me realize “oh, right, it has been that long.”

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