Vajentic Family Western Odyssey: Week 5, Day 31 (Monday, August 12): Consummatum Est!
I rode the shuttle from the downtown Westin to the Denver airport for an early flight. After 30+ days away, and nearly a week since my family had left me, I was ready to go home. I was too exhausted at the time to do much reflection on how the previous month unfolded. I would do that after being home for a few days, and really over the course of the next year. It was a short flight from Denver to Kansas City. My ankle was still extremely sore, so it was difficult hauling my excessive luggage around. Once I was in the terminal in Kansas City, I called Sharon to ask her to come pick me up. I waited for my luggage at the carousel, dragged it outside along the curb, and decided that I would go home to take a nap. Sharon arrived, gave me a hug and a kiss, helped me load up my luggage and drove me home. Honestly, walking in the front door, it felt like I had never left. The dogs came and jumped on me and licked me. It's weird and comforting how you can travel for 30 days and experience so many interesting new places, yet return home to find that nothing has changed, except perhaps your perspective on life.