An excerpt from Hugging Shadows : Writings about Cultural Adjustment by Corey-Ann
“It’s a funny thing coming home – that’s the thing, it’s not home like you expect it to be. It’s empty somehow. Like the shadow of something that once was or seems like it should be. Like a feeling from a dream – You know what you expect it to feel like, and yet the reality just isn’t there. Like trying to hug a shadow.
Adjusting to culture shock and the grieving and confusion of rediscovering and dealing with the realization of the reality of the “homelessness”. The reality that this isn’t the home it was, and it never will be. The reality that everything is forever changed.”