For the past couple years as I've been traveling back and forth between the US and China, I had a name for each place. The US was the homeland and China was the heartland. All the way to Chengdu I found myself going over the phrase, "Home is where the heart is." But the question I couldn't get rid of was, what if my heart is in two places?
Today, both my US home and my Chengdu home are homeland and heartland. I'll never have all the people and places I love at once, but I will always be home. I count myself double blessed.
So now, the adventure begins! Walking down the streets of Chengdu is totally different knowing that I live here now. My heart and soul are so invested in this place, I can barely contain it. Yesterday I had to run a couple boring errands - no really, buying hangers is boring - but I just could not stop smiling as I walked through WalMart. It didn't matter that I couldn't read any of the labels or understand any of the announcements on the loudspeaker, or that I had to backtrack a million times in the store because I couldn't find what I was looking for. I LIVE in CHINA. Nothing can bring me down.
And for today, that's that. I apologize I don't have anything better than buying hangers to talk about, and for the fact that I just gushed all over you about my "Big Move." But hopefully it helps you get a glimpse into my last 48 hours. Watch for my next post, it will definitely have more exciting contents than this!