Here's my theory on homesickness....
Is not like a cold - a slightly irritating stuffy nose that you can work around but is always there in the background.
Its the stomach flu - a sudden, overwhelming feeling that brings you to your knees and leaves you reeling for a few days. Not chronic or terminal. Just all encompassing for a short time.
What are the causes?
~An email from a dear friend telling you about a fabulous dinner they had with 2 of your other favorite couples.
~ A co worker stopping you in the hall to tell you "Leona and Shinbee say 'hi'. Shinbee cant wait to be 7 since that's when she'll get to see Jimmy again".
~ Finding out a friend is waiting for test results on cancer and you cant be there to help
~ Realizing that by the time you DO get home, your youngest child will have lived in India longer than any other place in the world.
~ Hearing about the reaction of your favorite restaurant owner (Mrs Choi) when she got the pictures of the kids you hand delivered through a friend.
That's it. The emtional equivalent to the stomach flu. Man... it sucks today.