With A Test of The Emergency Broadcast System. BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP.
Or maybe not. Do you suppose there is a test for the Repatriating Expat Emergency System? Because if there is, now's the time.
We are, impossibly though it seems (to us,) slated to depart Bangalore for a return to U.S. soil on March 18th, 2009. This is not a total surprise. We have known that our return was likely this spring or summer...but, of course, nothing is said and done until it really, officially, is...soooo, nothing is publicly said and announced until then.
This would be the public announcement.
The past 18 months have been a whirlwind. Time has very literally flown by as we wrestled with all the ups and downs of cross-cultural living. I recall the months before our move, the time in which the pages of this story were blank and filled with unlimited possibility. Of time, (and Rat,) and travel. Of all the moments where we faltered and those in which we shone. I remember Bob's interviews for this posting...and how I "knew" that we were coming to Bangalore.
We have come to really love living here. Our friends are true. Our children have blossomed. Our lives broadened. Living in India is both incomparably challenging and vigorously rewarding. Sometimes it is difficult to decide, at any given moment, which part of the spectrum you currently occupy!
We are grateful to the forces that put us here. To Target for providing Bob and his family with such a great life opportunity. To the Universe for seeing us poised on this path. To our own committment to one another to welcome new adventure into our lives. To our children, for reminding us on a daily basis, how very lucky we are.
Philosophically speaking...all is right and good with the world.
But...in the words of two year olds everywhere...
"I don't WANNA go-o-o-o-o-o-o-o!" Wahhhhhhhhh.
Ah, well. Back to Philosophy. There is a Time and Season for everything. And so it goes....
Adjusting in India