Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Road trip

The boys and I just got back from a six-day road trip to Virginia and North Carolina. Highlights from the trip (I only have time for bullet points these days):
  • Friday night dinner with a group of parent friends, who reassured me that I'm normal. Thank you!
  • Seeing Buki again. It tears me up that she's not with us, but she's very happy and well taken care of where she is.
  • Seeing the old house, the old park and the old neighbors again, all these images and experiences from our boys' first ten days in the U.S. now put into a proper mental space, aligned, connected. Closing that circle was good for all of us.
  • The remarkable changes from then to now.
  • Playing with our old across-the-street neighbors' kids. They would have been best buds if we'd stayed.
  • Playing with a friend from Gondar, Ethiopia.
  • Fish and frog and snake and turtle and deer with grandparents. Sigh... wish we could live in the country.
  • Riding the bus and the elevators with Keith ("Keith silly! Keith scared!").
  • Playing with friends from our old street in Virginia. They would have been best buds too, if we'd stayed.
  • A last-minute visit to our friends from Burji in Washington DC.
It was a great trip!


  1. I'm so glad you had a good trip. Sounds like a nice time! Those old connections are important.

  2. If my opinion counts, I think you're above normal.

    1. Still struggling to accept the "new normal." Definitely don't feel above it.

  3. I agree with 2plus2mom. I am an old high school buddy of your husbands and am in awe of you and your parenting. (I came across your blog via facebook) Mindful, respectful, amazing. Even on your worst day you are doing an excellent job. Don't ever forget that.

    1. Thank you, Brooke. Most days I feel like I'm doing a good job at parenting. It's everything else I'm falling behind on. Most days everything else doesn't matter, but sometimes it does.