I spent last night at my aunt and uncles house so that I could babysit my cousin bright and early this morning (remember the days of Christmas vacation? Good times.)
We’re best buds, Annie and I.
Between my world travels and working/living in Alaska, she has gotten used to me leaving for long periods of time.
But when I told her today I was leaving for Bulgaria in a week, her usually smiley face suddenly had a case of the frowns.
(verses of “Cheer up Charlie” are dancing through my head)
Then, as with all little kids and their non-existent attention spans, I distracted her with something or other and she was fine again.
I’m not fine, though. Far from it.
Leaving family and friends behind when one chooses the expat life is par for the course (though still not an easy thing to do). However, leaving behind children, at least in my opinion, is much harder.
Kids just grow and change so fast. I think of all the things I will miss: losing a tooth, her first day of school, holidays, etc., and I see already how hard expat life must be sometimes.
Not only do we face challenges in our new homes and lives, but we also have to face the absence of those closest to us, those who give us comfort and make us smile.
I am so thankful for webcams and cheap international phone minutes, let me tell you.
My mantra is to just make the best of the situation I am in and everything will work out in the end.
Enjoying the ride. That’s what it is all about.
No more pity parties.
Well, for tonight anyway.
Now I am off for sushi with some old friends. Gotta soak in as much social time as I can during the next week!
P.S. A BIG thanks to all those who left such lovely comments on my last post. I never imagined I would be “Freshly Pressed,” but I have to say, it’s been amazing. Lots of new subscribers. I hope you all stick around, things are about to get much more interesting!