In a matter of hours I will be on a plane home.
That’s crazy. How on earth did we get to this point so soon?!
There were a few times today that I felt like crying. And yet, at the same time I felt like I was on the brink of some grand adventure, despite the fact that this one was coming to an end. I don’t want to leave this place, these people–and yet, something inside me tells me that something big is coming. Does that even make sense? I think part of this comes from the fact that I am in love with fantasy novels, which always feature an epic quest. I want to go on an epic quest.
We went out for dinner together tonight. All 15 of us, for the last time. Oh, how much we laughed around that table! Caleb managed to fool half of us into believing some story he made up on the spot, and then we traded ghost stories/bizarre happenings/creepy occurrences. I had my last marinara pizza and tiramisu :(
This semester has been one of the best times of my life. I am leaving Rome a changed–and hopefully better–person. I have forged relationships that will not fade with time, and made memories that will not easily be forgotten. I have lived in a foreign land and become a part of a culture quite different from my own. God has taught me so much about himself and about myself. Though it makes my heart ache to leave behind this home I’ve made, I look forward to all that God has in store for me. What was it that C.S. Lewis said in The Last Battle? “Further up and further in!” Here’s to a grand adventure.