A World without walls
everyday life while homeschooling overseas
Devin came home from work today, came into the kitchen where I was preparing dinner, and told me he needed my help with something outside. So, out I went...and what did he need help with?? OUR CAR!!! HOORAY!! It finally came! We now have our own wheels to take us through the crazy traffic of Amman! :) Oh, I'm so excited.
Although, admittedly, I am a little bit sad at the same time. Riding in the taxis everywhere has been a good experience for me. It is really difficult for me to do new things. I know that most people laugh when they read that, since I'm ALWAYS doing new things, but honestly, I have a really hard time putting myself out on the line when I'm not totally sure of what I'm doing. Getting into a taxi with some random stranger who may or may not speak any English and trusting them to get me to the place I want to go when I don't even know where that is and I have all 4 of my kiddies in the car with me is something that I'm just not very comfortable with! However, after the initial shock wore off, it really has been very empowering for me. I've learned some Arabic VERY well (like 'right' and 'left'), I've learned a bit how to manage traffic here (just honk your horn a lot...and expect people to cut you off and try to run you off the road), and I've learned how to get around to some very basic and important places. So that's been nice. And sometimes it's been nice just knowing that I'm not going to have to park!! (Oh, I hate parking...I hate finding parking places...especially after my parking tickets in Helsinki....)
Oh the other hand, now we'll have air conditioning! Woohoo! And I won't leave my windows down for all the exhaust from all the other cars to waft in for our enjoyment. Blech. And, I can go wherever I want, whenever I want, without having to stand on a street corner and hope a taxi passes by that's #1) empty, and #2) willing to take me where I want to go! Even standing out on the road with the kids and hoping someone passes by who is willing to take us the 8km back to our house from the Children's Museum was pretty cultural for me...and makes for a good story...
I'm sure that once in awhile I'll still take the taxi. Now that I've done it, it's not so bad to do it again. But with a car, well, many options are opening up! I just hope my GPS doesn't fail me and try to take me down a one way street!!
Who Am I?
As a Stay At Home Mom of 4 wonderful children, I have the amazing opportunity not only to home school them, but to do so in many different places! I am married to the most amazingly wonderful (and handsome) man in the whole world! Together, we seek out, every day, that Joy in the Journey that makes life exciting!
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