Okinawa, I can’t wait to…

When you live overseas, you spend an awful lot of time lamenting the usual comforts of home. How often I have heard my friends say “Gee I can’t wait to shop at Target (or Ross, Barnes and Noble, etc)” or “I can’t wait to be stateside again so that I can eat Mexican food, be near family, go on road trips, not have to travel 24 hours to get anywhere…” I’ve enjoyed being stateside with family for a season and I’m giddy about moving back to the states after three years away. But for now, I can’t wait to go back to Okinawa for the final part of our tour because:

I can’t wait to walk on the Seawall as often as I like. I can go from my house to the coast in about three minutes just to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. If I forget to bring water, there is a soda machine around just about every corner.

I can’t wait to get my toes pampered at Cocok’s! Where else in the world do you get a full pedi treatment complete with canvas worthy, hand painted designs on every tiny toenail while sipping tea and looking out the window at the ocean with the ultimate 90s ballad playlist in the background?

I can’t wait to have another round of Sushi-Go-Round with an all you can eat sushi belt conveyor-ing it’s way right to my table. I can’t wait to kick off my shoes to properly sit at a low table and sip green tea between sushi servings!

I can’t wait for some girl time at Coffee Casa! I’m so ready to order a latte and have the delight of finding out how they designed the frothy foam on top, then eating breakfast that is as pretty as it is delicious!

I can’t wait for sakura season! It’s already started but soon I can enjoy it. When else in my life will I be in Japan while cherry blossoms are in bloom?

I can’t wait to go back to the new mall–mainly for the food. There is so much Thai, Hawaiian, and Japanese food there and my husband claims, “The best steak I have ever had!” The new mall has American, European, and Japanese stores. Normally, a trip to the mall is something I could “take or leave” but this one I will take week after week!

I can’t wait to get our favorite take-out from Nepal Spice Kitchen every Sunday! All week I cook and then Sunday my husband provides curry. It is wonderful.

I can’t wait to explore some of the places I haven’t made it to yet, to practice conversational Japanese, and spend time with the locals.

I can’t wait to shop at the 100 yen store for random treasures, kitchen goods, and unique keepsakes!

I can’t wait to hear my friends tell stories like this: “I was at the post office and I left my cell phone on the counter and forgot about it. I drove off to run other errands and 30 minutes later realized I was without it. I went directly back to the post office and there was my phone, on the counter, unmoved, and untouched even though it had busy with people while I was there.” I heard those stories–all the time!

I can’t wait to see how kind the people are there to mothers of young children–giving us preferential seating, helping us with luggage at the airport, loaning us strollers, letting us go to the front of the line, and providing “nurseries” in almost every public place for mothers to feed their babies.

I can’t wait to see the sunset over the ocean–something I didn’t get to do this last year. I want to take lots of pictures, sit in the sand, and collect lots of shells and sea glass!

I can’t wait to takes lots and lots of pictures everywhere! I want to take pictures of our family, the island, the food, and the little things that are unique to Okinawa.

I can’t wait to make a few more memories that I will cherish for a lifetime!

When I first moved away, Texas was home. Now, home is wherever my husband, daughter and I are together. Right now it is Okinawa, and I can’t wait to go home.