Quick was an understatement.
By the time the words settled in, they were holding their
passports in hand at the airport. By the time they knew that
Costa Rica was a country and not part of Mexico, we were
living there for over a month.
Was that the best way to go
about it? Yes and no. There was very little time for
anxiety, or worry, with all there was to do, in packing up
an entire life, in the span of less than a month, there was
no time left to even think. Not only was this move sudden,
it was totally unexpected, maybe even shocking. For you see,
we are not the moving type. In fact, the only move our kids
had ever made, was from our previous house, which shared the
fence with the house we lived in. So, why not “shoot the
moon” and move to Costa Rica?
At first the relocation news
was met with cautious excitement, by the two of our five
kids, lucky enough to still be living at home. Excitement,
that quickly faded as the realities set in. With four weeks
to pack up our entire lives, the pain began. Sure, you can
bring whatever you want, as long as it fits in your two 50
pound suitcases plus a carry-on, AFTER your clothes, shoes,
and necessities. The Shaquille O’Neal autographed
basketball, maybe not. Lacrosse sticks, well they really
don’t have lacrosse there, anyway. Lego collection and spy
gear, ugh, sorry. If that is not bad enough, your
grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins, well, there is
always Skype. Then came the friends, who were all jealous,
but as the good-byes started, the remaining shine quickly
faded. So, possessions, family and friends, at least were
not leaving the dog, right? Well, we really were not
comfortable taking 12 year old, long haired, Scooter to the
tropics. He is now enjoying life with Grandma and Gramps.
So, here we are almost two
years, four schools, three cars, and four condos later. How
are the boys holding up? Well, they still miss the family,
friends, toys, and dog, but we have a new dog, new friends,
and some new toys. We have seen and heard volcanoes spew
molten rocks and gas.