About two months ago, one of my very best friends, Liz, texted me.
"What would you say to surprising Dom for her 21st?"
My answer? Pretty simple: "YES!"
After two more minutes of thinking, I knew it would be tough. I'd be flying to England the weekend of Thanksgiving and missing a whole week of classes right before finals. And the prices of plane tickets were out of my price range.
Then I found out that I would be Dom's 21st birthday present and my beautiful friends were going to help me pay for the ticket [as well as get me to and from the airport and put me up for the week].
I couldn't say no. I talked to my parents, my professors, and my boss who were all okay with me going.
I cannot tell you how happy I was. I was going back. and not just back - but back home to where my second family lives.
SO since it was a surprise, I couldn't post anything on facebook or twitter. I had to remain silent. I spoke about it quite often, but my social network life knew nothing (yes, this means I surprised the WGCC too).
Even the day I arrived in England Dom, who we were surprising, checked my facebook and saw that my status about how cold it was. She had no idea I was coming, and was shocked to see me.
But once I surprised in our favourite restaurant, life was....perfect. It was back to the way it was. I was surrounded by the people I love and did not need anything else to be happy.
I love all of my American friends and family, really, but my family here is....nothing like I could have asked for. They go above and beyond for everyone they care about and it's truly clear that they missed me as much as I missed them.
Surprising my other friends here was just....fun. Their faces were great and they were shocked, but obviously happy to see me.
So I have been having the perfect week. and will continue to have a perfect week.
I don't just love this country because it's beyond anything like America and I love how different it is - I love this country because my favorite people in the world live here. I seriously cannot describe how much I love them. They mean the whole world to me and when I say they are my best friends in the world - I honestly mean it. I want to spend the rest of my life with these people. I know they feel the same, and I hope they continue to - 'cause there's no way they're getting rid of me now.
Today is awesome because.....I'm in England. seriously, AWESOME. oh, and I went to Primark and got a Batman t-shirt. =D
I'm listening to..... EAST ENDERS, BABYY!!