Someone has accepted a job transfer. No, not the Farmer. As previously mentioned the new owners of the herb business have declined to invite him along on the move to Ohio. But no matter, he's anxiously anticipating the opportunity to be his own boss. It's a good, positive attitude to take. Unfortunately, the puts me in the administration assistant's chair.
Can we work together? Can I fit anymore responsibilities on my plate?
I picked up my mom yesterday because we'll all be attending a Bon Voyage party for my nephew, who has accepted a job transfer. In two week he'll be taking his wife and two children on a trip to their new home in Zhengzhou, China.
CHINA....for two years!
It's really difficult for this baby boomer to wrap her mind around such a thing. I remember my grandmother commenting on the changes she'd seen in her lifetime, but I never imagined to find myself in the same position.
The thought of even traveling to China was unheard of when I was growing up. It was a totally closed and communistic society. Any travel outside the U.S. borders was so expensive only the rich could afford the luxury. The Caribbean was the playground of the rich and famous. Maureen O'Hara had a place in St. Croix with guests such as John Wayne.
We never in a thousand years believed we'd be sitting on a beach in Belize (British Honduras in our childhood geography books) or climbing Mayan temples in the Yucatan. Just the thought of going on one of these adventures was enough to keep me working for years!
My nephew and his family will have some exciting adventures but they will also face some huge difficulties. Culture shock is very real and can be very hard on a person. All your familiar landmarks have been ripped away. You find yourself longing for the silliest things like Velveeta cheese and Peter Pan peanut butter.
It's just not home.
My hope is that their experience will weigh heavily on the positive side. My hope is that we find a windfall that would allow us to visit them. It's highly unlikely, but you know me, I love to dream!