Sometimes we need to turn things on their heads. Look at them from a different angle. Sometimes the best times are the ones we don’t expect, that we don’t force. Sometimes things are as simple as we allow them to be. Sometimes the best view is the one seen from upside down.
I was looking for photos yesterday for the Alphabet Photography Project when I found this image (I used an Umbrella shot in the end, the pedant in me needed it to be single word!).
It immediately took me back to the afternoon it was taken.
But, more than that, it got me thinking of how far we’ve come.
How much has changed in the last three years. How much my perspective has changed.
Really, it’s just a fun shot of my daughter being held upside down, squealing again, again! But, as I continue to wade through all the changes that this move has brought, and continues to bring, I look at the kids and see how accepting they are.
How unquestioning they are of new events, new traditions, new activities.
How not everything we do is an expat adventure; that there isn’t always a comparison to be made, an alternative to be waxed lyrical about.
That I have a tendency to over think and over complicate. That my children see what’s in front of them.
That all this may be my new normal, but all this is just my kids’ normal.
This life is just our life, whether upside down or the right way up.
[This particular photograph was taken the day we made scarecrows with our neighbours. Yes, that’s right, scarecrows :) It was the first time we’d been included in a gathering with our new neighbours, so it holds a certain amount of significance. An unexpected, and unexpectedly fun, afternoon!]
I’m also sharing this post up with the lovely Chantelle from Seychelles Mama, for her Expat Family linky. When we moved to the US three years ago my children were six, three and four months. The term ‘expat’ doesn’t mean much to them. And, for the wee girl; life here is all she knows. Realising this has given me pause; our home, their nationality, is important; but where we are now is their reality. I need to be mindful of that.