Living in another country, away from family, can be a roller coaster ride of emotions. You obviously go through stages where you really miss your family, and then other moments when you’re glad to have that independent freedom to figure things out for yourself and create your own legacy.
One of the exciting things about expat living is when family comes to visit. This is your chance to show to those who love you the most, just why you don’t want to be living near them. You hope to convey to them that living in another country is not about running away from your family or home town, but instead the running toward a meaningful life full of diversity and newness.
My parents are coming to visit today. In the 13 years I’ve been traveling and living abroad, this is the first time they have come to
visit me in another country. Not that they haven’t wanted to before, but financial constraints lay upon them, and well now they have the extra incentive of a beautiful granddaughter who they are missing out on seeing grow – and two year olds grow quickly.
I’m excited. I finally get to share with them a glimpse into my life, and what I’m totally addicted to doing forever. I hope they can see somehow why it is that I find it hard to settle, or keep Kalyra in a neighbourhood near them. I’m a little nervous too, 4 weeks with my parents could lead to disaster. Most of all I’m ecstatic for Kalyra. Every day for months now she has been saying to everyone she sees “Nanny and Poppy are coming to my house.” All children need the love of their grandparents.
We’ll be off on lots of adventures over the next month. Mum and dad have always wanted to visit the South East of America and I’m excited for them to have their turn to travel their bucket list. They are into civil war, well the Hollywood glamorized version of it. Mum loves seeing the old Southern homes on the movies and of course has always loved Gone with the Wind. And now she loves the new movies of the Carolinas, the heart wrenching Nicholas Sparks movies filmed in the Outer banks. So our adventures will see us visiting Charelston, Savannah, Atlanta, Virginia, Outer banks and maybe even a bit of Elvis at Gracelands.
Expect to be updated..