I recently left my home of 10 years. As much as I love it, I can’t believe it was my home for this long. You see, Kuwait is generally more transient, and most people leave within 2-4 years.
Yet, my ten years seems like a flash – a most significant flash. Kuwait is where I met my husband. Where I had both of my daughters. Where I started my tenure in school leadership. Where I started and ended my MFA in poetry. Where I loved my school more deeply than I can describe. Where I have felt most at home than any other place I’ve been or lived.
Many people asked how I felt upon leaving, expecting either deep sadness or extreme joy. My answer: I leave with love and gratitude.
It is time for my family to move on, and with that knowledge, comes a certain nostalgia. I will always love Kuwait for what it is, the people, and what it has given me. Yet, it is time to go. Thus, I leave with love and gratitude.
It is a most satisfying feeling to leave a place with deep appreciation and high expectation for the future. We expats live a transitory life. Still, I can say to Kuwait and ASK, that I will “love you forever [and] like you for always” while anticipating with great excitement the many futures unfolding.