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Hungarian Village | 10 Things I May Be Missing This Summer

I lived in a Hungarian village for about the first half of my life; then spent five years in a larger city attending college before moving to New York. I loved my town while I was very young – the freedom we had, roaming in the countryside, was priceless. I was not a big fan as a teen and as a young adult. It was a love and hate relationship. Spending some time in my hometown twice a year the past decade, made me love it again, in my 40ies.

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Where the clouds sit so low it feels like you can reach them – Hungarian countryside

Along with many other things, I learned to appreciate my village. I am done longing for new, experienced the lively, crazy city life, my thirst was satisfied. I also started to see the value and charm of the countryside that could be easily missed when taken for granted. Back then, it didn’t seem remarkable, today I look back, and everything is illuminated.

Not knowing how life will unfold in the next couple of months, I am holding back on planning my usual summer trip to visit my family overseas. The pause in planning made me think of the things I look forward to every year. Is this another reminder not to take anything for granted? Perhaps. And it is a good reminder.

❤️ Here are some of my favorite things I may be missing this summer: ❤️

  1. My parents, Dad’s cooking, and Mom’s neverending patience
  2. My sister’s warm welcome
  3. All my nieces and nephews – the bi-yearly in-person reports
  4. Family gatherings with tasty foods and plenty laughs
  5. The chance to see my 93-year-old Grandma
  6. The opportunity to spend time with my goddaughter
  7. Seeing childhood friends, and the rowing trip we take down the river, every summer – my favorite kind of quarantine
  8. Rozi, the sweetest Bernese cattle dog I know
  9. The smell of the air in the countryside
  10. The silence that sometimes keeps me up at night

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Rowing trip in 2018 – Hungarian Village

Use this temporary pause to reflect on some of the great gifts you have in your life!

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