Towards the end of the Luna Moth, (Page 247) Rio describes that she is anxious and restless and that she only feels at home in airports. She also travels every chance she gets. This made me think about an overarching theme that is relayed in a lot of the novels we read in class this semester. For instance, in Once the Shore we discussed the sentiments of the characters not belonging and how they are far from home.
I saw this part as Rio not feeling connected in America nor towards the Philippines. Neither of these places feel like home to her and that they cannot fully belong to both. Both America and the Philippines make up her identity but she cannot place a claim to both.
I also was curious as to why she felt at home in airports. Then I thought that she finds comfort in constantly traveling and moving around. At an airport one is either leaving for a new place or return to the place they live but cannot always call home. The state of traveling is very neutral. Airports do not have an expectation and this is comfortable to some, which is perhaps why Rio feels at peace and feels at home.
What do you guys think of this?