Jane has already discovered this blog and has started going through the posts from our previous trip. Often times she’ll quote me back to me, which is interesting.
While emotionally this trip has been a challenge for the kids, at six months in, I can honestly tell you that neither of them really like it. Given the choice, they would both go home tomorrow. My hope is they look back on our experience together as a family with fondness.
I think they will. I really think they will. We’re having fun. Many of, if not most of, the moments of each day are filled with joy. Overall that joy will be the feeling that remains when we all look back on this time together.
I hope they read this and know how proud I am of them, of how adaptable they are, and how much they’re learning as little humans by this experience. They’re working hard on their schooling but also working hard on their world schooling. They’re learning what they like and don’t like. They’re learning to find the joy, the positive and hold onto that. They’re learning that “two things can be true” they can want to go back to the United States and their friends but also enjoy the time they’re having in the moment. These life lessons might be taught in little doses back home, but during this trip when self motivation and mindset are a must, that muscle is getting tested on the daily and it will undoubtedly carry them far in their budding lives.
They’re also deepening their relationship with each other. I’m sure they’ll have their rifts in the future but their love for each other as friends and not just siblings is certainly being built on a very strong foundation.