I am now in Dubai on a 14 hour layover, waiting for the Emirates Airline flight that will bring me home to Texas. Ten weeks in Uganda and India was an amazingly rich and varied experience. My flight leaves at 2:45 a.m. and lasts another 16 hours into FW-Dallas. With the 5 hour flight from India to get me here, that’s 35 hours total for the trip.

The funny part of this leg of the journey is that I am flying westward, with the sun, so I will leave at 2:45 a.m. Dubai time and arrive at 9:45 a.m. Central time, but be in the air 16 hours, surfing the sunrise into Dallas.

I am looking forward to seeing everyone, but especially that one person I am married to, and whose birthday and our anniversary I missed during the trip. I probably won’t do this again without taking Gail along. This has been tough on both of us. But reunions are sweet! And, I’m finding, time apart reawakens the poet in me…but those small offerings were meant just for her. I’m comin’ home, Ma…