Our kids, growing up in an age of instant information and connectivity, webcams and satellite TV still feel a little of the same cultural dislocation. When Jad informed us at the dinner table that the New York Yankees were his favorite baseball team we were surprised. How did he become a Yankee fan? Turns out that his Polish buddy at the International School in Prague told him they were the best. Ask him to how the game is played and he wouldn't have a clue. An Eastern European first grade teaching our American kid about his national pastime. In a way, it tells the story of sometimes strange life we lead as expat Americans.
"Home Leave" is all about closing that gap with your homeland. Seeing through your own eyes what your own country is all about. After three years in Europe, we were ready to re-introduce our own tribe of global nomads (including ourselves) to "home."
Saying goodbye to Rubesh cousins (Thailand branch)
Kyler's not so sure about the cold waters of the Pacific
Trout fishing in Trout Lake, Washington
"Real live cowboys" in Washington State
Spending time with the kids' Great Grandparents
On the rim of Crater Lake
Danna makes a new friend at the AKC Dog Show
Fourth of July "picnic" during an Oklahoma thunderstorm
Small-town Fourth of July Parade
Finale of the Fourth of July fireworks show
Kyler meets a new friend at Toys R Us
A couch full of cousins.
Hanging out in the pool.
Living room fashion show
Hanging out with the Cartoon Network
High School reunion in Boston
Collecting eggs on the farm in Texas
Meeting "Barbara Manatee" in Dallas
We didn't quite make it all the way from "sea to shining sea," but we got close! From the West Coast to the East, from Boston to Dallas, we made fantastic memories in during the last two months. Memories we'll all file away and add to our cultural identity as Americans. Mental snapshots to remind us of what America is all about as we head out tomorrow for our next adventure overseas - this time in Costa Rica. Farewell for now - but we can't wait to find out what new things we'll discover the next time we visit this place called home!