A friend of Camille's sent her a message saying "why don't you come back to the USA, the land of the free and the home of the brave?" now- he was just kidding but.... I agree. America is AWESOME and I don't want to live anywhere else. America made me and my children who we are.
So the underlying idea here is that your education, experiences, friendships, and connections will shape the person you are to become. And as long as you are engaged in the world around you, wherever you are, that never stops.
We are traveling to widen that perspective, broaden that horizon and expand the world that our
Camille and Pete have also learned to APPRECIATE things about themselves that they never thought were a part of our culture. Apparently, Pete is quite the storyteller at the hostel. He regales them at dinner with stories of our Gulf Coast
Virtual school has also afforded us TIME. We are all reading in our free time and during our time together, we have the time to share. Over a hike the other day our discussions ranged from the stations of the cross(we were hiking up to a church) to what these mountains would have been like during WWII to a protein discovered in a family in a nearby village that prevents them from heart disease. There is time to learn and discover-making our experiences each day what we are interested in - not just checking off the list of classes, practices, and homework assignments.
So this virtual school experience combined with this amazing opportunity to travel will be a part of what makes my children what they will become. We are still closely following the presidential election, we keep in touch with friends, and everyone we meet here knows that part of who we are is southern, American, friendly, mannerly, and INTERESTED in who they are and where we are. And this experience, combined with all the others will become part of our family's provenance.