We make Wesley a “pallet” every night from the couch’s flat bottom cushion… and almost every night he forgets to take his glasses off. This was my view every morning as I left for school… and I wouldn’t get to see him awake until I got home at 5:00 or 6:00pm.
But school is now DONE! (Pictures and post about school coming soon.)
I’m done for now, but I’ve left the door open to return to Chiang Mai for more classes. What’s happened since I finished school is that I realized we’re all exhausted.
Not just Wesley. Not just Damon. Not just me. All of us.
We’re exhausted from traveling.
It’s more tiring that you would think. Constantly changing hotels, packing, un-packing, researching, hurrying to catch flights, rushing to grab taxis… it’s a lot. Believe me, when Rick Steves says “To get away from it all, you also get away from all the comforts of home,” he really means it.
That’s why we’ve decided to head home. We thought we would travel for a year, but that was just a random pick. I thought it would be a more meaningful trip if we got to experience a year’s worth of holidays in another country… (What would we do for Thanksgiving? What do they do for Christmas? How would we spend our birthdays? etc.) But I think all of us are ready to leave Thailand and come home.
Once we decided to cut the trip off early, it became clear we should try to head back in time for Wesley to start public school again. Home-Schooling was never my thing… and Wesley didn’t exactly “blossom” using the computer curriculum. (Well, that’s not exactly true… he did learn a lot about computers. I did catch him reading the html code to figure out which answer resulted in a “correct” field.) But I have definitely learned that I am NOT a teacher and I should value and appreciate the professionals who are!
So our current plan is to fly back to the USA in time for Wesley to start the second week of school (the Tuesday after Labor Day). We couldn’t get frequent flyer tickets available before then and we were NOT willing to pay the ridiculous airfare!
If you live in Austin, Houston or Franklin… we’ll be seeing you soon!