Epilogue 2 … loss and uncertainty

We have now completed our two-week self-quarantine after returning to the US from Japan. Fortunately, we are healthy and COVID-19 free. But we still feel unsettled and uncomfortable with our “new” life.

This difficulty in transitioning back was never supposed to happen. The plan was to spend two years abroad, have some good experiences, and return to restart our old life. Simple, uncomplicated, no problem.

But life seems seldom to be simple. Along the way, we fell in love with our life in Japan. The two years became four and a half, and the love of that life deepened. Japan became our adopted home.

So now, although it must sound strange to most everyone else, we are grieving. It’s like a loved one has died. We’ve moved along the five stages of grief and passed denial, anger and bargaining, and now are firmly entrenched in depression.

As we work through our emotions, we are trying to reestablish normalcy. Working on the house, cleaning out old and unneeded clutter, finding our old grocery store, buying a new car. All these things help us to connect to the old life with a new perspective.

But it isn’t easy. It would have been hard in normal times. Today, we have COVID-19 and all its concerns and complications. It’s hard to see a solution or any hope for normalcy anytime soon, as the virus surges out of control and so many people – including our government “leaders” – are failing to do anything to stop it.

We also grieve about what has happened to our country while we were away. Hate, corruption, and a disdain for decency has festered in our national government. Now we have federally-sponsored goon squads attacking peaceful protesters in our cities. Like COVID-19, our political system has turned into a threat to the lives and liberty of our country, and it is hard to be hopeful for any improvement. This isn’t the America we hoped to return to.

So, if you see us hesitate when you ask, “aren’t you glad to be back,” we hope you will understand. Yes, we are glad in some ways. And yet, we haven’t yet come to grips with our loss. We will get better, as time goes on. We hope you will be patient with us.

Sunset in Tokyo

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My husband and I were both born and raised in Kansas, but for the past 20+ years we have been living in Atlanta, Georgia. Now, with our children grown and out of the house, we have the opportunity to spend two years living in Tokyo. My husband will be working with the Japanese counterpart to his American company. UPDATE 2023... After 4-1/2 years in Tokyo, we returned to Atlanta. Now we are heading to London for a three year job assignment!

2 thoughts on “Epilogue 2 … loss and uncertainty”

  1. Please, please be safe and careful, I’m sure you can see how selfish and stupid some people are .plenty are symptom free and still spreading it, others stupidly believe it’s just the flu and taking no precautions.
    If everyone there made an effort to help people register to vote and encourage all to vote it would make a huge difference to the outcome.
    Some states were only won because specific voting ID was quickly made compulsory, knowing that minorities didn’t have and were deviously prevented from getting that done.
    If you must go out remember to wear a mask ,sanitize all the surfaces you touch in the car, keys, steering wheel, gear stick, brake, door handles etc.
    News information is one thing, getting back and living among it is something else altogether. 😡😡😡


    1. Thank you for your comments. We are doing our best to protect ourselves and survive this corrupt government. It is so discouraging to see what our once great country has become. We can only hope that change will come and we will have an opportunity to help rebuild. Stay healthy… stay safe.


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