Yet, I thought it would be fun to put together to put together these little lists that have been developing in my brain on a post of their own. I am currently about 9 weeks away from landing back in Nebraska, so that's less than two-hands worth of fingers, ya know. I know some people really enjoy countdowns. The big 10 started last week.
Things I'm Going to Miss about American Samoa:
- Mountainous backgrounds (although, I can still have this depending on where I end up moving next)
- Being able to go hiking or walking through the rainforest basically anytime I want
- Sticking my hitchiker thumb out and actually being picked up rather than stared at
- Being picked up randomly by really friendly strangers and getting to meet so many people that way
- Riding in the backs of pickup trucks with the wind blowing through my hair
- Pani popo (although, I've only had it once... perhaps I can attempt to make some of my own)
- How the sky is never the same here with clouds of all shapes and sizes, colors changing, and shadows on the mountains changing
- All the produce stands where I can buy a set of bananas for $1, a papaya $1, string beans $0.50, cucumbers $2...
Things I'm Looking Forward to Back on the Mainland
- Having a chirpopractor I can visit whenever I like
- Not enduring humidity 24/7 humidity (mostly for the sake of my sinuses)
- Not having ants scurrying about my kitchen counter and sink
- Having the coffee maker in the kitchen (although, this instant suffices at home)
- Having an ice cream maker to make all the homemade ice cream I want
- Seeing Trader Joe's and Whole Foods Market for food experiments
- Having a blender to experiment with healthy smoothies
- Not having roosters that crow throughout the night
- Being able to text with my friends again whenever we want and have instantaneous responses
- Hugs for family and friends
- Having some homemade specialties from Mom, Granny B, and Grandma Wingert
- Being able to walk into a big library or bookstore and enjoy that nice book smell
So there are a few growing lists of some small things that pop into my brain from time to time. My brain is usually thinking about something, humming a song, or who knows what.
I realized as I wrote about the sky changing I completely forgot to mention in my Easter post about the beautiful view as I was standing outside of church waiting for sunrise service to start. Gazing at Matafou Peak, the tallest peak on this island, it was all still in shadow - a bluish blackish gray. With light blue gray skies in the background, with some sparse and fluffy clouds. Man, if only I had my camera in that moment, although I am sure it would have done a poor job of capturing what my eyes were witnessing and swimming in.... blissful. Such a peaceful and beautiful view. One that is ingrained in the back of my brain still today. I had never seen that peak all still in a light shadow before as the sun had not come up and over yet. Beautiful... just beautiful.