I've come to the conclusion after 2 years abroad, that I miss the USA ever so much more in the summer. I usually hear from expats that they tend to miss their homes and families most around the holiday season.
Guys, I'm from Michigan. There's no way November-January are going to make me feel nostalgic for my life in the USA. When I think about the holidays in Michigan, I think about sliding off the road due to black ice on the interstate while driving cross-state to my grandparents alone because Angel worked on Christmas. Yep, that happened. Such memories do not tend to induce a whole lot of homesickness. Here, us teachers get Christmas Day off, and we could even go to the beach if we wanted. I like Christmas in the tropics. I love year-round summer. But I also love a lot about summer in Michigan. These photos are from the summers of 2013 and early summer 2014:
And that's probably why I have such fond feelings toward summer in Michigan.
Because there's so many awesome things you can do during those summers.
1) Visit community events like tractor shows, swing dancing nights, and county fairs.
2) Have picnics at parks with soft green grass.
3) Plant a garden and harvest from your own yard.
4) Set off fireworks in the driveway and chase lightning bugs.
5) Go on long bike rides down country roads.
6) Visit Michigan's lakeshore and the islands in the Great Lakes.
7) Get together with family and friends for summer barbecues.
8) Watch parades and accept gifts of candy from your little cousins because they aren't allowed to eat refined sugar.
9) Pick wild black raspberries in the woods behind the house.
As Michigan's summer draws to a close I think I'll feel less drawn to it, less homesick than I've been lately. Some people like fall, but I've never been the biggest fan. Cold mornings and evenings with warm afternoons just makes getting dressed confusing. Now that's something I'll never complain about here--no matter what hour of the day or night, I can expect it to be hot. This summer I've missed my yard and garden and bike and the chance to explore my country at its most beautiful. I'll tell you what--don't be surprised if, whenever we go back for a visit, that visit happens during summer. But for now I'll just keep enjoying Malaysia's eternal summer--and relishing the fact that I never, ever have to scrape ice off my car windows. Not even in February.
If you live away from one of your homes, during what season do you experience the most homesickness?