Tea-time for Hobbits

“My dear Frodo!’ exclaimed Gandalf. ‘Hobbits really are amazing creatures, as I have said before. You can learn all there is to know about their ways in a month, and yet after a hundred years they can still surprise you in a pinch.”

J.R.R. Tokien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Anyone who knows me is aware of my love for Lord of the Rings, and may have even likened my appearance to that of a Hobbit, which I take as a grand compliment. After all it was the littlest of things that embarked such a grand, impossibleIMG_0247 adventure. As I think of the Halflings’ journey, I cannot help but think of my own.
You may remember me mentioning in an earlier blog post that life here is not as different as I imagined it to be. Perhaps the fact that I’m living in such a large city buffers me from some of the cultural extremes, but still I am startled at just how normal and even familiar everything is. I know it is still early on in the adventure, but I am already beginning to feel content. For quite some time I have known in my heart that I would not permanently live overseas, but that did not ease my desire to see the world. I have always struggled with being content in the same-old, same-old, as well as been subject to the fear of being stuck in one place indefinitely. However, being here even for such a short amount of time is curing me of that. Don’t get me wrong, I am enjoying life here, but my wanderlust is definitely being satiated to a large degree. I still want to see the world, and want to travel, but I see now that I have a purpose back in the United States. It is in my own country, where I understand the inner workings, and am savvy on the cultural subtleties that I can have the biggest impact. This adventure to China is and will always be invaluable, but even more importantly, it is proving insightful.

Until next time.

~A

3 Replies to “Tea-time for Hobbits”

  1. “I have always struggled with being content in the same-old, same-old, as well as been subject to the fear of being stuck in one place indefinitely.”

    All of us that get itchy feet know exactly what you are talking about…………..some are born to find and stay in a comfort zone……….others with that gypsy soul are born to roam!!

    Uncle Toe

    “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” author unknown (some say Mark Twain said this but I cant verify that)

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  2. “…..and many have even likened my appearance to that of a Hobbit, which I take as a grand compliment.” Ash are you trying to tell us you have hairy feet?

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