How we came to jump…


It was cold, dark, and snowing.  It was only 4:30 in the afternoon.  We were texting from our respective classrooms about who would be picking up which kid from where.  My husband and I had been talking about living abroad together since we met 20 years ago.  We finally went to the international educational job fair, and lo and behold, we got offered jobs teaching at the International School of Port of Spain in Trinidad and Tobago.  Me teaching art, him coordinating the special services program, both our 6-year-old and 15-year-old could attend the school.  In the abstract, it had always sounded like a great idea. Being faced with the reality of accepting or declining this offer was an entirely different kettle of fish.

Fear set in.  Maybe even panic.   We had lived in this wonderfully rich community in southern Vermont for sixteen years. We had settled into a very comfortable niche here professionally, socially, artistically, and it truly felt like home.  Pack up everything and go?  His Carribean-Leo-self wrapped its brain around it much more readily than my New England-Cancer-crab-self could ever do.  Lists of pros and cons were made, over and over, and still I couldn’t make the commitment to cut the strings and say yes.

Then I got the text:  “Let’s jump off the hamster wheel before we fall off.”   A warning?  A promise?  A premonition?  Whatever it was, the visual image in my head was so strong, I knew it was the right thing to do. We called that evening from our cold snowy Vermont home and accepted the offer.

19 thoughts on “How we came to jump…

  1. What great images and stories from these early days of your new adventure! I know you’re all settling in and relishing the wonderful newness, making friends, exploring, discovering, and smiling a lot. Keep writing when you can — we love you!

  2. It was so wonderful to see you all!! I am missing you at the bakery. Your pictures are beautiful and thanks so much for sharing your experiences. Keep it up-the winter is around the corner.

  3. this is fun to read and very inspiring! I will definitely stay tuned! Take care and I hope you’ll keep posting!
    Kit Whallon

  4. Ellen and all-This is a wonderful way to share your adventures! You all look so happy. It’s great to really get a sense of what you’re doing. Keep blogging-you’re doing great!
    xoxo

  5. Hi Ellen! Thank you for the link to your amazing blog! I love the way you write and your perspectives on life. Your family is beautiful, as is your new home… I’m so excited to see how your adventure continues! I wish you all a wonderful journey, filled with good health, love, laughter and contentment… Looking forward to your updates! 🙂 xoxoxoxox

  6. Ellen,
    What an adventure you all are having! You are an unbelievable writer; I think there is a book in your future… If you have it, please send recipe for the pineapple dish; it sounds so good. Hope everyone is doing well adjusting to school. Liza and Marielle are both away at school now; and Mike and I start next week. Peace,
    Mary

  7. so much fun your blog is! keep going! yes a book is in your future. 🙂 i am now using the baby’s ipad to follow your blog!!!

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