Life in Laos through the lens of a diplomatic wife raising twin toddlers.
Yes, five weeks left so I might start thinking out loud here more and more and bore you with the logistics of preparing a move overseas. But I’m doing it to clear my own head as well as to beg for your moral support. It’s a lot to think about even though everything is essentially being “done” for us, still daunting to keep track of who’s doing what without anything falling through the cracks of interrupted conversations (insert two toddlers here) or not crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s on important forms. Gone are the days of throwing on a pack and traipsing across the world without a care as long as I had a passport and credit card. Even when we worked for NGO’s packing two bags was enough to get us through a year in the field. Maybe it’s the fault of luxury that we can arrange for all our worldly possessions to come along with us. A curse that blinds us to what’s really essential and makes me feel materialistic.
But over the years, perhaps it’s age or because of the children, I’ve come to know that the little things that feel like home become important in the most unexpected moments of our time abroad. We are creatures of habit and we like normalcy even though it is completely at odds with our wanderlust.
So here we are making the best of both worlds, living abroad and having our “home” come with us. I’ll take it, along with all the lists and checks required to get it all done…
I’m sure I’ve left off some things that my husband is bound to remind me of later tonight. If you think I’m forgetting anything, please let me know. Thanks!