i ran into a bit of trouble with immigration last year and since august my passport has been out of commission. waiting games, tears, phone tag, fretting, laughter and disbelief, lawyers, courtrooms and at the end of it all, a bit more waiting. so needless to say when i got my passport back this past week it was a joyous occasion. it's crazy just how much this little sticker, a piece of paper in my passport, makes me feel whole again. i can go anywhere i want, but first it's back to home, a place i haven't been in fourteen months. and i can't wait.