I don’t know if we are fully prepared for the reverse culture shock that is about to hit us. I am especially concerned with my 13 year old son. I am so worried his new peers will not be able to relate to him or he to them.
I’ve just been through the cabinet I kept all of our travel documents and what nots in. How is it going to be for a child who has traveled almost the entire world, can speak French and Arabic and has seen things others don’t even know exist when he tries to fit in with children who have never left their State? Some of our friends sent their high school junior home because they thought he would do better finishing out his schooling in the States. He was back in less than a month because he couldn’t relate to his friends any more. This worries me.
An International move is so much more than packing your things and getting a new house. There is all this emotional turmoil that goes along with it also. Others tend to over look that part of it.
In the mean time, I still have half a house to pack up and two going away parties to attend tonight. It should be fun.