Ask any astronaut who's preparing for the crucial moments of crossing into the earth's atmosphere from outer space, or an expat who's lived abroad for several years but is returning home (and is wondering where home is!), and they'll tell you the same thing: re-entry is tough.
Or, if you don't happen to have any astronauts or expats handy to inquire of, you could turn to a homeschooling mom who's returning from a weekend away at a fantastic homeschool convention, and she'll say it, too: re-entry is tough.
OK, well, maybe I'm stretching my comparison a little here as I try to include homeschool moms in the astronaut and expatriate category! ;-) But for me (and of course, I can't speak for all homeschool moms who've attended a convention recently), returning home and trying to readjust to "normalcy" has been challenging.
I'd really rather be listening to inspiring speakers than looking at a bathroom that needs cleaned. I'd rather be thinking about curriculum choices than preparing peas for the freezer. I'd rather be hunting for bargains in the used curriculum sale than cleaning up dog pee from the floor. I'd rather be in the exhibit hall bumping into homeschool friends from across the state than trying to get a chocolate ice cream stain out of a shirt before throwing it into the washing machine. Most of all, I'd rather have my family all together, off having fun somewhere and making special memories, than be back to our regular routine of Jeff going off to work.
Normally I'm quite a homebody, and performing the simple tasks of homemaking and caring for my family fills me with quiet joy. But after the mountaintop experience of our family get-away to the homeschool convention, it is taking me longer than I would like to feel content and peaceful about my ordinary days here at home, filled with all the regular jobs that are necessary for the nurturing of a family.
I'll get there. That peace will return. But until then, what I really want to say is, "Can't we just run away again and delay our re-entry a little longer?" :)