At the beginning of this year Willy was presented with an opportunity that would have allowed our family to move to Bangalore, India for a year. We were both very excited, and started the ball rolling on the various hurdles that needed to be cleared. It was a very exciting time for us both, as we have both wanted to travel to India together, and wanted to have our family experience living in another country, another culture.
The weeks that followed were filled with anticipation, excitement, and stress. We didn’t tell our families or friends, as we knew nothing was certain. I only had Willy to talk about this with. He would come home and almost every day I would ask what was happening, if he knew anything, when he would know anything, and why he didn’t know anything. I started to make plans with an eye to the future, trying to figure out what I could and could not commit too, and what we need to do to ensure that the lils would thrive in this new environment.
The weeks turned into months and things progressed incredibly slowly. Just when it looked like the trip was no longer going to happen, there was a small bit of forward progress. I am sure that there were lots of things happening behind the scenes, but this was what I saw. It frustrated me and had me on edge.
Finally, in late March, it looked like there was no possibility of travel to India, and we closed that door. It was very sad, as I had really hoped that we would have this wonderful experience. It was also a relief, an end to the stress and uncertainty, and meant that I would not have to face all my fears for the family about moving to a completely new world.
Life went back to normal. We planned for the summer and fall, started talking about family vacations, school for Woo, new adventures for Goose, and just living life. Then Willy sent me an email. India was back on if we wanted it, and had cleared almost all of the organizational hurdles.
It means that he and I will likely be going to India in the next couple of weeks to look for a place to live and ensure that we can get both lils into school, JK for Woo, and nursery school for Goose. If all can be put in place, we’ll return home and pack up our lil family for this new adventure!
I’ve written a million pro/con lists about the trip. There are some cons, and some things that we will all miss out on. We will all miss our families, friends and our fabulous daycare. Our life will turn upside-down for a while, but it will right itself. There will be new things to see and do, new people to meet, and many wonderful experiences. We might hate it, but we might just love it. That is why we can’t miss this opportunity. We’re moving to India. Soon. Really, really soon.