At the end of every tour, State Department employees are supposed to take "home leave" to become "re-Americanized". This goes back years ago when State Department employees would live outside of the States so long that they forgot what it was to be "American". I think it's great because I get to spend time with family! :)
When I flew in from Latvia, my darling mother picked me up from the airport. Then we spent the next two days together, shopping, and having a good time. My lovely mother even brought me Venezia pizza to eat at midnight! Isn't she the best?!?! I love her SO much! So lucky to have her as my mother!