I am an immigrant in another city. I experience grief certainly and indefinitely.
I do not really have any antidote for homesickness. But if I am homesick for Sibu after all these years I have a few.
I recently tried this antidote. Got up to a bright sun drenched morning. And I got myself two soft boiled eggs and took out the coffee shop set.
I arranged the still life for photography session...and after a while (not too long) I had some photos....but my soft boiled eggs had hardened a wee bit too much....
This is a good try - trying to carry on life outside Sibu where the Moi Soung Cafe and its er hu is just a long ago dream.
Being homesick is a normal emotional situation.
The Foochows when they first left the Min Valley in their cramped boats were very homesick and a few even tried to escape from the boats!
The Bishop Warne came on board to pray and help them and accompanied them all the way to the swampy and mosquito ridden Sibu. It was definitely a hard life then. When James Hoover came the worship services must have helped them.
At that time there were no counsellers to help them to overcome their sense of grief. Hardship was there. My grandmother Lau used to tell me that when she opened her eyes in the morning she could see only WORK WORK and WORK. And then when the day was done it was hard to find her bed! Sleep was an antidote. If only sleep could come! And not to think was a challenge. For her the stages of grief (unstated) were real. Finally she accepted her situation after many many years. When she went to the Min River for a visit she brought money to celebrate her new life in Sarawak. It was a kind of triumphant return as a migrant. She and her family had worked hard for that day.
Perhaps missionaries all over the world feel very homesick more often than not.
What about Rev. James Hoover. Was he ever homesick? What about Mrs. Hoover was she ever homesick?
Perhaps all the Methodists and the Hoovers sang "This World is not my Home" (a hymn which often is said to cure homesickness) at all times.
Now what is your cure for homesickness?