We made connections with Leiya with no time to spare and now she is home!
The drive to the airport was a little over 4 hours and at the end I was getting really antsy. "She's going to be there and waiting and wondering what happened to us!" Tetsu dropped me off at the airport arrivals terminal and I raced to the arrival area frantically checking the board. Oh no! Her plane was early! I scanned the crowd and just then Tetsu arrived and since there were two exits, I pointed him to one and I watched the other and less than a minute later, Leiya came through the door! Talk about timing!
She looks like an American girl with her double pierced ears and flip-flop foot fashion! Same big smile though!
Once home Leiya wandered through the house murmuring "It doesn't feel like my house. It's so small!" Living in a big American home for two years makes this one feel like a doll house! I get the same feeling every time I come back from a summer in California. But even though it's small, it is a good size for just Tetsu and me and I'm always grateful I don't have much area to clean! Leiya was happy to be back in her old room and seeing how I've rearranged it while she's been gone.
We had been worried about how Choco was going to react to having Leiya home. This is the first time they've met and Choco absolutely hates some people she meets. As we drove into the neighborhood I coached Leiya on how to approach Choco and I swear, that dog didn't even notice there was a new person coming into her yard and house. Not overjoyed to meet Leiya, not upset. Just same 'ol, same 'ol.
The cats have moved into Leiya's room. That's interesting, because they don't congregate there when I'm in the house (although they'll sit around in it when I'm sewing.) Now they're on Leiya's clothes, on her suitcase, taking up sleeping space. They are very happy.
We are thankful Leiya arrived safely.
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