Friday, January 30, 2009

Can I Dive There?


Any time now, say within the next 6 to 260 months, we will give thousands of dollars in slightly frayed suits to any charity with a truck, check "yes" to convert all our paper statements to email, and turn out the lights. We'll hop in a Dulles Airport taxi, stomachs churning, checking for passports and ATM cards. A few giggly beers and many miles later, we'll stop at the top of the staircase on wheels, breathe in the warm, moist, frangipani/jasmine/gardenia air (depending where we land), and pity the poor, pale tourists. Because we aren't going home.

We've (okay, I've) been preparing for the moment for years - maybe forever. Definitely since 1979 when I stepped off the plane in Cartagena, Columbia with my Spanish Club classmates. If there's a book on expat anything, I've read it. If anyone enters my orbit with a Caribbean experience, I'm on it. I am meticulous, focused, bordering on frantic with all the options on a fast-approaching horizon. But my husband has only one criterion: Can I dive there?

We are perfect together.

4 comments:

Connie Walsh said...

Hey Nancy.

I espcially loved your last post. I am on a huge learning curve in blog world - but loved the evocative writing. It rings really true and I can "taste" how much you want to do this. Kudos.

CW

Bylandersea said...

Nancy,

Really fun to reconnect with you and Connie. So much to learn about blogging- but having a good time.
Debi

McDiver said...

Nancy, Great blog. I may get to be a part-time expat some day, too, if all goes well. By the way, the singular of criteria is criterion. That's why they call me Dr Pedantic.

Nancy said...

Thanks, McDoc! Err, I mean McDiver! You are pedantictastic!