Life in Laos through the lens of a diplomatic wife raising twin toddlers.
This week was expected to be somber and exhausting. Somber because September 11th always is, and exhausting because I was home alone with the kids while my husband was in Beijing for the week. And what a week it has been. A mixed bag, the good and the bad. Played out as planned and not planned – a mix of happiness and contentedness and sadness and concern and celebration and joy and worry all thrown together.
While the kids were in school, I commemorated 9/11 by volunteering at the American Embassy’s annual blood drive at the Lao Red Cross…
And I took some time to play tourist and found a cool little Japanese coffee shop tucked away on a side street behind a white picket fence where they sift through coffee beans by hand before roasting, a place completely quirky and unexpected to find here in Vientiane that you wouldn’t know about unless you lived here and get told about it by locals (future post to come with lots more photos)…
By mid-week, things weren’t just good. They were great! Not only did the kids and I have our routine down without major hurdles, leaving me with the energy and frame of mind to explore, take pictures, and meet up with new friends, but I also made some headway into possible jobs (keep your fingers crossed!).
But then this happened…
“It is with profound sadness that I share the news of the death of four American personnel in Benghazi, Libya yesterday. Among them were United States Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and Foreign Service Information Management Officer, Sean Smith. We are still making next of kin notifications for the other two individuals. Our hearts go out to all their families and colleagues.” – Hillary Rodham Clinton, Press Statement
And now it’s growing and our hearts and prayers continue to go out to our friends in Egypt, Yemen, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Morocco, Sudan, Iraq, Iran, India and Tunisia where reports of riots against our embassies have continued and are spreading. (as I write this a Facebook status just popped up saying that our friends in Tunis have just been moved into a safe haven after demonstrators breached the compound)
Then tomorrow we will go to a birthday party to celebrate a friend’s granddaughter’s 8th birthday.
Then we’ll rejoice the following morning when the four of us are reunited after a somber and exhausting week apart. The hugs are sure to be plentiful. And Much needed. For us. And for the world.