“Ramsay, are you ready to go overseas?” my husband asks our 14 month old over speakerphone.
“We got an assignment?” (I practically scream this question with excitement into the phone).
“Where?! Where are we going?”
(In case you need to look up the geography, as I did, here is a screen shot from Google Maps):
We move this October, to the Kingdom of Swaziland; a monarchy in a country the size of New Jersey. I’ve lived in the United Kingdom, but I have so much to learn about this African Kingdom. Right now, this place sounds to me like something out of the Chronicles of Narnia, an exciting adventure! I love the idea that Ramsay will know safari animals in their natural habitat. And to think he will be close to four years old when we leave Africa. And some of his first words will be in the language of Swati!
I can’t wait to blog from our new home, to capture impressions and share photos and see how our new country shapes us. Parts of it will be hard on the heart, too: Swaziland has one of the highest rates of HIV, which has left too many children orphaned, and there is much suffering from disease, hunger, and poverty. Peace Corps, USAID, Heart for Africa, and many charitable groups are active. We will learn how to get involved, too, in our new community.
I’ve heard the skies in Africa are amazing, and the stars shine as brightly as you’ve ever seen them.
I bought a Lonely Planet guide on South Africa yesterday. It seems like a tiny start, but one must start somewhere. There is much research, daydreaming, and planning to be done. And, oh, the emotions of leaving family and friends. It’s all exciting, overwhelming, and coming very, very quickly! Two more months!
Has anyone out there reading this been to Swaziland? Please share!
til next time,