It's the little luxuries in life that you notice most immediately when they're gone. The simple pleasantries that make modern life a little bit easier. They're the salve you apply to bad day. You barely notice them when they're just a part of your day-to-day, but when you abruptly have to give them up, you suddenly realize how much you needed them.
As a traveler, it can be all too easy to write the narrative before the trip even begins. We assume that if we charge boldly into a strange new world, we will inevitably be rewarded with spiritual growth and imbued with ascendant knowledge. But the real process, I think, is far more exciting than that.
If the Christmas lights you keep up all year long are bugging out, that’s just me trying to call long distance. (PS I’m trying to tell you to take them down, everyone in the neighborhood thinks you’re white trash.)