It’s raining today in Barcelona. A hard rain… as if someone was pouring a bucket of water directly onto your head. But not just one bucket… one thousand buckets. It’s gotten quite cold and I didn’t have a sweater at school and DP is under the weather and I still have a little cough. (Cough cough!) My mother just e-mailed us with the details of the Thanksgiving dinner she’s planning for my family (it’s true… it’s one week late) and instead of feeling happy for them, I feel sad and far away.
The blogs of travelers and expats can make life abroad seem so exotic, so glorious, so utterly fulfilling. While that may sometimes be true (and thankfully our Barcelona life is great most of the time)… there are also days liked this one. (And this one.) Sad ass days that make you want put on your jammies and crawl back into bed. Hot chocolate with marshmallows days. Don’t-make-any-big-decisions-today days.
Today I miss my niece and nephew. This is Sophie, also known as Princess Sophia. (If you know a five year old, you’ll know why I refer to her as royalty.) When we were in Canada this summer, she showed me her amazing collection of marbles. She was VERY proud of them. She also let me snap no less than a hundred photos of her. (Her brother Tyler is not so wild about my camera. Fair enough.) We were sitting on the sofa in front of the big living room window that looks out over my mom’s garden. The liquid light poured into the room and lit up Sophie’s face like Christmas.
Today, I wish I could bottle that particular sun-drenched afternoon. I wish I had paid closer attention. Today I am missing Princess Sophia and her amazing collection of marbles.
What (or who) are you missing today?
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