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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

day fourteen - home

we arrived home early last night. it was an absolutely marvellous trip.

highlights included - our stop in portland; meeting up with friends - old and new; visitng with my grandma in white rock; meeting my brother's new friend; running on island time; being together; "morning" and "evening" beaches; sunrises and sunsets; catching crabs; letting them go; finding seastars; watching my girls with their grandma; all those stars in the big sky; the sound of the ferry; the sense that we are so small - and part of something so big; peace; did i mention running on island time...

today, i am tired. a little grumpy. finding it hard to return to routine. (what is the opposite of homesickness? not that i am not happy to be home - but i miss vacation already!!) and overwhelmed by the pile of laundry etc.!

it is hot here. very very hot. though it sounds like we missed the worst of it. and we are experiencing blackouts - though luckily not on our side of the street, yet (i do have that laundry to do!!)

and we are still worried about the fire on galiano - though it does sound like things are looking up.

i have a lot of photos to go through. (i have started a set here.) but don't feel like doing it today. i think it would make me teary. all the way home k kept singing - "goodbye galianooooooo. miss youuuuuuuuu". it is hard to explain the magic that this island holds over us. e cried as the ferry left the dock. one of those new cries - where she tries to hold it in - thinking she is too grown up to feel like this - then starts to shake as the tears swell. i told her it was ok to cry. that i love it too. and that we will return soon.

miss youuuuuuuu

farewell

9 comments:

Alicia A. said...

Tracy,

You're making me a little weepy for that vacation- And I didn't even go!

Just beautiful. All of it.

angelique said...

I know re-entry is hard but welcome back!

stephanie said...

this post brought tears to my eyes!

devinemom said...

welcome back. the photos so far are amazing and it makes me long for 'island time'

best of luck with the laundry.

Tracy said...

thank you thank you. i highly recommend galiano to anyone looking for a get away (from "it all"!). it is a very very special place...

blair said...

what a sweet post. glad you made it home safely, its not easy to get back into the groove when memories of what you just did are so good. your pictures were lovely, thanks for sharing them all.

Mama Urchin said...

it's lovely to have a special place where you can relax. Sounds like it was a wonderful trip.

Anonymous said...

I have been looking at rental homes on the island since you first mentioned your vacation. I hope we can go next summer.... Any recommendations on a certain part of the island or house? My kids love room to explore and we all love the water.
Yes, good luck with all the laundry:)
Maryellen Quarles

Tracy said...

i highly recommend the island to all mary ellen! we have stayed at two different rentals - Cain Beach Cottage, and this year, as our family has grown! - The Wheatley's. both have been enjoyagle. Cain Beach holds a special place - it is quite rustic - but lovely. i think it recently changed hands so i hope they have maintained the level of care. please feel free to email me if you'd like any more info! and do let me know if you end up going! we love it so much we are now hoping to buy a little something...