“Wow, it’s been a while since you were home! How are you finding it?
It must be so great to be back right?”
These are familiar statements to anyone living away from the place they grew up, or have travelled for an extended period of time and recently got back home. Having flown home i.e. to my parents’, for Christmas, I was on the receiving end of these questions, or variations of such, constantly. I was struck by how that made me feel, despite responding to such questions with the predetermined answer the questions usually came with. While it was indeed ‘so great to be back’ and spend time with my family, it’s been four years since I moved out and to a place across the seas. Would I consider this home now? Probably, sure. Is it ‘great’ to be back? This is where it becomes tricky.
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