(BG) My husband and I have taken year-long contracts in another country to support a religious organization. Our contracts are almost up, and it's been a difficult and stressful year, particularly for my husband. It was bad enough that at one point we considered terminating our contracts early. If we had known then what we know now, we wouldn't have come. (/BG)
Now that our last day is rapidly approaching, we're having the same conversation with people. It begins "You're leaving soon, right?" and then goes through "How are you feeling now?" and then to "How was your year?"
I find it easy enough to answer the "How are you feeling?" question, which is along the lines of "Do you want to stay longer?" I refer to the family and pets I haven't seen for a year, and the new baby in the family that I have yet to meet in person, and everyone is completely understanding.
"How was your year?" is harder to answer. The majority of people onsite are nice people who had no part in making the year difficult, and in some cases are only barely aware of what went on. I don't want to dump negativity on innocent bystanders, but I don't want to be dishonest, either. I feel like it was important for us to be here at this time, but I didn't really enjoy it, and I'm glad it's over.
I'm also unsure of how to respond to people who thank me for taking on the contract - it's known in the office that we've made some sacrifices to come here. Answering with "You're welcome" seems slightly arrogant, or at least lacking in proper humility - kind of like answering "I know" when someone says "I love you."
Suggestions for response? Flavours of beandip I can serve?