Far From Home

“In moments of great stress, every life form that exists gives out a tiny sublimal signal. This signal simply communicates an exact and almost pathetic sense of how far that being is from the place of his birth.”

– The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

I was never homesick before coming here. I used to laugh at the kids who were, at summer camp and even at slumber parties. But it’s different now, to be here. You don’t just miss the comforts of your mother and father and favourite sofa, you miss the comforts of understanding what strangers around you are talking about and recognizing the snacks in the vending machine. It’s fun at first, and then you can’t pretend anymore than it’s just a vacation. You’re a baby again, studying abroad, except not as cute – just helpless and awkward. I think that’s the hardest part for me – being stupid, confused, a burden.

And after a hard day, the stress somehow does seem to pull out the sense of distance, when you realize how far you are from home.

Published in: on October 10, 2010 at 14:34  Leave a Comment  

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