So today I was visiting my grandparents and we were talking about the next basketball season for Lavar. Right now there are two main teams in two completely different locations who are interested in having him play for them. Here is how our conversation went:
Me: "There are two teams, one is where we were this year and the other is up north between Paris and Belgium."
Grandma: "oh wow, so which do you prefer? You probably want to stay in the same city."
Me: "Well, I don't know, I love the adventure of it all!"
Grandma laughs: "oh well, I am going to stop feeling sorry for you then!"
Yes Grandma, you can stop feeling sorry for me. I love our life. Yes, there are parts that are just plain hard. But most of it is great. And that is what I choose to focus on. Here are my top reasons I love our crazy life.
1.) There is so much to see!! I want to travel the world and living in France puts a lot of it at our fingertips.
2.) I have always wanted to learn another language. I can now say, after this last year, I am conversational in French. Whooo hooo! (not fluent, conversational. There is a difference)
3.) My kids are able to see so many other cultures. I really think it widens their world view.
4.) My kids will be bilingual. 'Nuf said.
5.) It really bonds our family. Because when we are out there, it is just us. No help, no grandparents, we just gotta make it work. (yes sometimes this falls into the bummer category, but it makes us stronger!)
6.) I love adventure. I love new things. I love different. I love that we don't fit into any molds. This is just part of us 'not fitting.'
7.) Americans are so narrow minded! Don't get me wrong, I love America. I want to be here when we are done. But so many people have never left the country and cannot understand that something in a different culture might be good if not better sometimes. Imagine that!
So there ya go. If you read my blog and were thinking 'I am so sorry for her, she leads such a crazy life!' Don't! I love my life! As it is not always easy, I choose to appreciate and enjoy the parts that are wonderful. Because someday when we have a house and live in the same spot for years and years and only speak English, I will enjoy that, then. But for now, this is where I need to be.