18 March 2008

Touching Base

As my internal body clock again attempts to settle, my routine is again beginning here in Spain. I traveled back to the US for about two weeks to spend time with my family after my Grandpa passed away. It was a tough event; powerful enough to rise above the sadness and bring family and friends together, reminding us of our roots, heritage, caring network of support, and the fun we have together.

The return to Spain has been surprisingly easy as I headed to the beach and played ultimate frisbee in the rain and then enjoyed a reunion with my girlfriend Elisa and friends from Santander and Laredo. Monday I again headed to work where over 100 smiling faces were waiting for me. Infancy must be the most forgiving, welcoming, loving period of ones life. They welcomed me with hugs and kisses, and we started to learn the English words for, obviously, the family. Mom, Dad, sisters, brothers, Grandma, and Grandpa.

So, even though my life straddles the oceans, it's nice to have these moments of intersection and time with both of my bases and sources of inspiration and support.

5 comments:

MVB said...

very well said.

nice words.

Sam k said...

hey scott,
thanks for your nice post about link.you'll be happy to know that i got 2 new geckos that look alot like link. i named them link j.r. and zelda. i like reading your posts to. the way you write is cool.

from,
Sam

mulia said...

Scooott..i know u plan to visit paris, but i thought it perhaps being canceled as u went back to south dakota. i am sorry about ur family, but seeing you for two weeks at home must give them strength, i believe :)

i have canceled any trip and decided just stay at home. i host 3 couchsurfers now, i'm prety happy. though i cant travel and must work with my thesis, i still got the chance to meet up people.

i miss u and elisa aloooot but it's not enough by words. i want you guys to visit me tooooo.

hugs and kissess for oli and pauline.

love
mulia

Panama said...

det er noe som mangler når du ikke er i tromsö også.

det synes jeg og daniel.

Emily said...

Sorry to hear about your grandfather -- it sounds like despite the sadness of the trip, it was a nice time of closeness for your family. And, yes, I guess I maybe didn't ever mention that Nico and I finally decided to actually get married. We'll be getting married in Maine in October, but we'll have a party in Brookings over Thanksgiving, so I hope you'll be able to join us!