For the past two weeks I have been in Tacoma, Washington, training for a new job at my company’s headquarters. Tacoma is about a 30 minute drive down I-5 from Seattle. It is an awesome town to visit.
Morgan flew out the one full weekend I was in town and we had an unbelievable time checking out downtown Seattle, exploring Tacoma, and eating incredible seafood.
Being gone for two weeks is quite an experience. As each day passed I felt a greater distance from home. It seemed the void between Nashville and the Pacific Northwest was widening. Here are the top three things I learned while I was gone:
1. I missed my wife.
Although we spent the whole weekend together the first weekend I was there I missed her so much. I love mornings with her as well as sitting down to eat dinner each night and
venting talking about our day. We feel like during the week we don’t spend a lot of time together because we both work long hours but after missing the short time we do get to spend together during the week I will have a different perspective.
2. I didn’t miss my stuff.
I took my laptop, iPad, and two books. Besides my clothes that was literally all I had with me. I didn’t miss any other material object at home. There were definitely some tangible objects I missed (like my bed) but it wasn’t very bad. It is amazing all of the material objects I have at home and how I missed virtually none of them. What I really missed were the intangibles. I missed the smell of home. I missed the comfort of home.
3. Kind words go a long way.
I can’t speak highly enough about the people I encountered over the last two weeks. People were so nice to me. Even though I was surrounded by people all day for the most part I didn’t know any of them so it gets lonely. When someone goes out of their way to ask you how you are doing it means a lot. From barista’s at coffee shops asking me how I was enjoying things and offering tips on things to check out to people I worked with taking me out to incredible local restaurants it was a trip to remember.