We thought long and hard about whether we wanted to travel that far to a place so new to us with our then 5 year old and 2 1/2 year old children. In the end, we realized we couldn't say no. Truthfully, we weren't certain it was the right decision (If that's ever even possible) but we were certain we'd always regret it if we didn't go. How right we were. I cannot imagine how much we would have missed if we had said no.
I'm certain I'll write about this again. I have written about this particular trip and its wonderful long-term impact on our family many times in my journal but I can never quite find the words to exactly express it's magnitude. For now, I'll share some photos to make my point.
|We shared meals with our friend's family in Hyderabad, India|
|Our son and our friend's nephew became fast friends and danced at the bride-making ceremony.|
|Part of the wedding festivites included shopping for our clothes.|
|We participated in a Hindu wedding|
Over the years we've skyped with our friend's family and the two boys skyped by showing each other their latest toys over the internet. "Look, my John Deer Tractor."
Now, three years later, our friends have returned with their family. This time, Auntie, Uncle, our friend's two sisters, and his nephew came. Our house is in a constant buzz. Someone is always cooking...
|Learning to make chapatis.|
|Locally grown corn, anyone?|
|Auntie never grilled before so we posed the photo for fun.|
And, the two boys picked up right where they left off 3 1/2 years ago. Our friend's nephew even got to experience a visit to an American school.
|(Photo added 1 October 2011)|
What risks are you afraid of taking? What might you and your kids gain by taking a leap?