We’ve done it! It being we’ve got a good portion of our ducks all lined up. Our destination is picked out, our lodging confirmed, mode of transportation ordered, tickets check,our visas in hand and now it’s down to getting the house here in shape and the gargantuan task of trying to fit 7 months of gear into bags the airlines will agree to transport!
Well ok, not every little duck is waiting patiently one right after the other more like all those loose ends are drifting on the pond after a large wind storm. And as my mind remembers a specific task I try to catch it and make note of it before the fleeting thought disappears and continues to float in the back of my sub conscious because who knows if it will pop up again before we step foot on that November plane.
I write, sitting here listening to the Beatles on the surround sound sipping my homemade latte, a sleepy dog holding the rug down beneath my kitchen counter perch and wonder what if we just stayed and didn’t go? This being a completely insane thought since we are working so very hard to get our plans dialed and have committed ,in so many ways, to our upcoming adventure. But the thought of how sweetly comfortable we have made our life here and why would we want to leave it for the unknown nags at me.
What draws me to want to up route our family and travel to places that are foreign to us? Where I know one of my picky eaters will protest that the cheese is too cheesy or it smells bad, or there’s no peanut butter (her other staple) and she just might stage a non meditative fast and wither away. Or that we can’t bring our furry family with us in which we are so affectionately attached. Shouldn’t we just do a long vacation which would fit nicely into our comfort zones and continue on with our American lives.
Ah yes, now I remember why I am pushing to get out of our routines. So that the girls can experience different cultures, languages, foods and all that travel brings. So that they can appreciate what they do have and know that there are other ways to live and still be happy. This can be done within a normal vacation but the longer stay will push us past our honeymoon stage and turn into our own little Outward Bound experience. I am sure it won’t ALL be fun since we parents will be learning how to effectively home school our kids using a proven curriculum and integrating our own travel experiences. That we will be together 24/7 for 7 months and that we will only have what we can bring on the plane with us. I’m hoping to rewire our minds into considering what we “want” to what is really needed. I see this as a starting point for many more long stay adventures. Which brings me to the beginning of Rewiring 101 -packing…stay tuned.