Yep. That's me. Two years in this country come and gone and I completely missed it. On the 16th, I thought, "Tomorrow's the day! I get to blog about it, journal about all that has happened since that day I landed here, and treat myself to a fun dinner somewhere." On the 17th, I thought, "I'm going to double check my original flight record to make sure it's not tomorrow." And then...WHAM. I missed it. I landed on the 16th.
I realize that doesn't mean I can't still blog about it (obviously), but there's something about missing the moment that is disappointing.
Oh well. Life goes on and you get my post anyway.
Two years looks a lot different. I land in Cairo with confidence and excitement because I'm "home." I don't need anyone to wait for me in the airport. I know when to argue with the customs guys and how to ignore the "taxi...taxi...taxi..." men. I find myself laughing at the things that once were foreign and weird. I don't grip the door handle as my driver goes flying down the Ring Road. And I know the way home if he ever gets lost. While I still trust the two people who promised to help me along the way, I have learned where to get the information I need and am generally self-sufficient. I no longer see squiggles and dots. I see a beautiful language that I can (usually) sound out. I understand the basic language around me, although I certainly am not confident (or good) at speaking it. While I certainly am still amazed at things I see, it isn't strange or frightening. I don't look forward to escaping with a good night sleep. I look forward to waking up and experiencing a brand new day. It's still exciting. It's still good. And, at times, it's still terrifying. Many things and many people I know are still thousands of miles away, but a whole new community has been added to my life and it's not so lonely here anymore. I continue to trust that I hear the Lord's voice correctly...especially as I look to the future...but as I look back, I can see God's fingerprints woven throughout the last two years. And it's good.