August 18th, 2010

I need to tell you something.

It’s not that I’ve been trying to hide anything. But some of you have no idea.

You know that image of me in your head? The one of me standing on a hill, overlooking the waters of the Pacific, perhaps wearing a wool fisherman’s sweater and fabulous boots?

Well, you also need to add in a few people standing there with me. One is obviously my husband, Keith, holding our pet lamb.

Nice touch with the lamb. I’m liking your mental images.

But you should also add in three more people behind us, probably working to refold a map and trying to figure out where they can get cell reception. They’re my family–parents and younger sister–and they have just moved to Auckland, as of last week.

The Americans have arrived.

I love my family. They are beyond wonderful, and represent a good portion of my favorite people. But it almost feels too easy; picking up and transplanting a family unit to a foreign country.

In fact, it’s makes being away from the States so easy, I’m feeling a little guilty about it.

And I’m feeling much less heroic; standing on that hill, shrugging when my sister asks the name of the island we can see just out ahead.

I guess I’m not the world traveler you thought I was. And suddenly I have much less angst and homesickness to include in my memoir.

But I do have some awesome boots in this mental image. I like those.

  • I’m so glad you’re all together again!! I also love your awesome boots in this mental image…where can I get a pair??

    I have some exciting news I’d never thought I’d tell you about in blog comments…I may be a bit rounder the next time we see each other as I am currently with child!! I’m due March 13 so we’ve got aways to go 🙂

    I have a mental image of us sharing a giant hug, and I also have awesome boots, just in time for fall!!

  • Hello all, I am that younger sister and that island I was asking about is called Rangitoto (trust me, it’s much prettier than it’s name gives it credit for).

    In response to my sister’s claim that she’s “not the world traveler you thought [she] was” however, I think she is being generously modest. Because after all, she and Keith were our equivalents of Neil Armstrong & Buzz Aldrin–the first Americans to land the moon, walk the first steps, and sink our stars and stripes into it’s lunar dust.

    How do I like New Zealand so far you may ask? I think it will make quite a nice home, but I must admit some days it does feel rather like the moon. 🙂

    p.s. Jamie, I’m so excited for you!!! Yay!

  • Hope there’s still enough room left for a couple of Yanks and their feline Palin. Hopefully we can be Edgar Mitchell and David Scott?? And not Jim Covell and Jack Swigart… (I didn’t really know all those names…they’re from Wikipedia…they are the 6th and 7th men on the moon, and the latter two were on Apollo 13).

  • I don’t know why, but for some reason I’m not getting alerted when you post on here! So annoying!

    You’re definitely a world traveler!. And I’ve seen the boots and agree that they’re fabulous 🙂 I’m so glad that you’re family has arrived and that you’ve got such great people around you! We’ll have to meet them soon!

  • I have tried to persuade my parents and brother to move to NZ. So far, no luck. And lots of guilt. xx

  • This is incredible! To have your family join you! Oh, to be surrounded by treasured people! Embrace it and enjoy the wonderfulness of it. Perhaps you’ll struggle a little more to write an angsty, down-trodden country music song about your lonely world journey – but, um, that’s a good thing! A very good thing! I hope everyone settles in well – plus now you have several people’s funny little moments and insights to write about.

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