Tonight we saw my Vermont family off at the airport for the start of a great adventure in West Africa. My father, stepmother, little brother, and sister are moving to Yaoundé, Cameroon for a year!
Brett, my stepmother, got a Fulbright scholarship to teach at a teachers’ college in the capital. Peter and Annie will go to the American high school (Annie will be a junior; Peter is deferring his freshman year at Middlebury College). And my dad will find an activity of his own once he gets there.
Everyone was a little stressed out tonight, trying to get packed and ready, but they made it to the airport, last to board the plane, and we got word that they made it safely to DC. One flight down, two to go.
I’m proud of them all for going, despite some reservations and lots of last minute jitters. What an amazing, eye-opening adventure they’re about to have. Uncomfortable and scary at times, I bet. And exhilarating and energizing other times. I’m so envious!!
And we’re going to miss them! Our support network and close-by family. It’s sad that they’ll miss the baby’s early months. But with technology we’ll be able to video-conference and chat. And some of them may come back for a week or two around Christmas. And I’m hoping they’ll blog their experiences so we can keep tabs on them!
So bon courage to the clan. Here’s to a transformative year abroad!!