Week Seven: Getting My Sunshine Back

After being out here in the cold for more than a month now, I officially declare myself sun-starved. What can I say, I miss my Sunshine State! I miss my hubby, my home, my bed. So when I had the opportunity to have the weekend off, I booked the “cheapest” and quickest flight out of town, direct to Orlando, which means the less time I have on air, the sooner I get home.

I packed light and even painted my toenails. I can’t wait to wear flip-flops and sandals. The minute I saw the city lights from the plane getting ready to land, I felt this great big smile on my face. It’s good to be back home.

The two and a half days went by fast pretty quickly. From watching the Pacquiao boxing match to spending a lazy day at the beach, everything seemed so amplified. Rolling down the car windows as we drove along Melbourne streets was something so unheard of from me two months ago. I noticed that the breeze felt good on my face and I didn’t mind my wind blown hair at all.

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Now, there was some traffic back up along 192 from the weekend crowd and I instantly thought of my daily commute going home in the morning from work. This is nothing! It takes me over an hour to drive that 15 mile stretch with stop and go traffic making me so so sleepy. Don’t get me wrong, I love driving the Merritt Parkway. It is a beautiful drive. It’s the traffic that sucks! What I wouldn’t give to make it home in 15 minutes after a long 12 hour shift.

The weather was in the 70s the weekend I came to visit, very nice and sunny. The sunshine was just oh-so-good that I sat in our backyard out in the sun for a couple of hours trying to nap and soak it all in. The hubby was looking at me strangely and asked, “are you okay?”

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You really can’t appreciate what you have until it is taken away from you (or in my case, until you leave everything behind). Absence makes the heart grow fonder, so they say. This can be a person, place or thing. For me, it is everything! From the air that I breathe to the green grass under my feet.

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If there is anything I have gained from this travel nurse assignment, it is not just the nursing skills and knowledge, but also, I have learned now not to take anything and everything for granted! It takes a special kind of person to be traveling from one assignment to the other, one hospital to another, one state to the next. I’m not there yet, in fact, I don’t know if I’ll get there at all.

I can’t wait to get my sunshine back again…

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