In Austin, there are some very pretty views. So, I found it a bit odd that when we were looking at houses in Austin, I got advice to not buy a house with a view. Sounded odd at first, but now I'm realizing that the reasoning was sound. Once you live every day, the everyday, in one spot, the view becomes just scenery or background. It no longer evokes the awe it once did.
That is how I mostly feel about living these past almost 5 years in Holland. Every day, in the everyday, I usually don't think about it. Our life is as it is. It feels 'normal'-- to us anyway. Holland is just scenery or background.
Well, until it isn't. We are jolted when we are awoken in the middle of the night to the sound of a wheezing, little boy who struggles to breathe. (Croup again!) We remember when we see Matthew's classmates learning to read as he is just now learning to talk. We can't forget when we are still potty training an almost 5 year old. In those moments, I whisper "I hate Holland". Sometimes, I really do.
Though, thankfully, those are just moments, as Holland soon fades back into the background and our everyday life continues onward.