Tuesday, November 06, 2007

The World and Us

One of the parts of parenting I have most enjoyed is the way that my children have taken to worldwide encounters.

Things don't always go perfectly. There was the flight to Paris scheduled for 9/12/01. There was the flight from Barcelona through London the week-end that all hand luggage including cell phones were banned and the ATM machine somewhere in Spain consumed the card. There have apparently been some misadventures which have not been fully elaborated upon to me. There is the current visa snafu that may prevent the Lovely Daughter from getting to Prague in January, at least on the day she is planning to get there.

But mostly: good stuff. The Lovely Daughter's west coast university incorporates an international Japanese university, and this semester she has a job as a program planner and co-ordinator for special events for the Japanese students. Among other things, her not-quite-five-feet-tall self drives a 14-passenger van for field trips -- which apparently include quintessential American destinations such as pumpkin patches.

I'm guessing that size-wise she blends right in , but her blond hair and blue eyes mark her as the odd one out!

9 comments:

emmapeelDallas said...

What a great pic, and what fun they're all having! And she is SO pretty!

more cows than people said...

very cool.

they're all so pretty.

Quotidian Grace said...

Beautiful picture!

I remember attending a reception for a Japanese company with El Jefe years ago. We felt so awkward because we literally towered over our hosts and their guests.

Of course they were so well-mannered they didn't stare...

Carol said...

It looks like a fun outing and the Lovely Daughter is beautiful.

Jan said...

Wonderful picture--plus you have a new one on top!

Kathryn J said...

Nice to see and hear what the lovely daughter is up to these days. I hope my children grow up to be as comfortable travelling the world as your children.

Presbyterian Gal said...

That is a wonderful picture!

Lorinda said...

What a fun job! I kept my eyes open for her when I was on campus earlier this week--not sure what I would have said if I had spotted her so if was just as well that I didn't!

Lorinda said...

What a fun job! I kept my eyes open for her when I was on campus earlier this week--not sure what I would have said if I had spotted her so if was just as well that I didn't!