This whole coming to Sydney thing, this whole moving across the world thing... I think the time has finally come that I am able to celebrate that we did it, and even though I've reached this plateau before, this time I think I really mean it.
The first year was more difficult than I could have imagined, and there are still days that make me feel sad and alone and isolated from everything and every one I've ever known.
But here we are, and this week is our two-year expativersary.
The things I thought were good a year ago are still good; the things I thought sucked, well-- they basically remain constant. But there is no longer any doubt, that this risk we've taken, this whole living on the other side of the world thing, was worth it-- and will have a profound effect on the rest of our lives.
It has been found that children who live in countries beyond their native land are generally more open-minded and accepting of people; to me, these are gifts you can't buy your kids. So when my little boys are taller than I am, and acting like grown ups before they really are, this experience of having lived in Australia will have made a huge impact on their lives. Of course it'll probably help them get the hot chicks too, but that's just a little expat bonus.
And of course they have bragging rights to this:
Weekends spent going to kids film festivals at the Sydney Opera House and chillin' on the steps afterward like they own the place.
Sitting behind the house we recently moved out of.
I'll probably never again live in a place where I can walk out my backgate directly onto a beach which also happens to be two doors down from a ferry wharf which whisks you off to the Sydney Opera House.
And have I mentioned that my four year eats Vegemite-- as in yeast extract spread which looks like tar and smells like beer? Our experience in Australia has changed us, and there's no going back to what once was... as in, peanut butter.
And if I didn't live here I couldn't do this:
When the time comes to go "home" I'll surely be in a panic having not done and seen everything I could have, but until then-- I'll just keep trying get a little piece of every offering here.