Wanderlustress

Life in Laos through the lens of a diplomatic wife raising twin toddlers.

Mixed Week

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.

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7 comments on “Mixed Week

  1. meanwhilein3
    September 29, 2012

    When I first heard the news of the attacks, I thought of you and your family. I am glad that you are all safe. You are doing something brave and I pray for your continued safety and prosperity in the work of you and your husband.

  2. Lisa McKay (@lmwriting)
    September 17, 2012

    Just catching up on the reader. Sorry it’s been such a tough transition in many ways (just read the TTT post). Ugh. Yeah. I have to say so far that DOminic’s taken traveling harder than I thought he would as a baby. I underestimated how disoriented little ones can get. Hope things are looking up.

    • Wanderlustress
      September 18, 2012

      Hi Lisa! Yes, everybody assumes kids are flexible but I’ve learned to still be attune to how things effect them emotionally, especially when they haven’t learned to fully express their emotions yet (come to think of it, I’m still working on it!). Luckily, it IS better. Routine is golden. We have some travel plans coming up so we shall see how “vacations” go. Hope you’re doing well up in Luang Prabang.

  3. phlyfitmama
    September 16, 2012

    I love finding new moms that write passionately and share so openly. Thank you for this beautiful peace of love, chaos, getting it right, hope, and loss. xo Heather

    • Wanderlustress
      September 16, 2012

      Hi Heather, thanks for stopping by. It’s great to build a strong community of moms!

  4. wandermama
    September 15, 2012

    I am sorry about your friends…and the challenges that you are facing. Hang in there!

    • Wanderlustress
      September 16, 2012

      Thank you. Fortunately the riots have quieted down and all of our friends are safe. And now we carry on.

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