Here There and Everywhere

Expat wanderer


This week, my Mom bought a new bright red, lightweight suitcase for her trip next week to Portland. We went to the train station yesterday to buy her ticket. She can get on the train here in our little home town and off the train in Portland, Oregon. It’s her first trip all by herself in a long time. She will meet up with her brother and friend in Portland.

Little Diamond is presenting at a conference this week, and then will head back for Seattle en route to her apartment in Beirut. She is SO excited.

Mom and I will go see Precious Diamond and her little Diamond Chip this morning after dropping Mom’s car off to be serviced. Precious Diamond is experiencing that huge transition called Motherhood. Whew! I remember that one! No one can tell you ahead of time how your life will change, how utterly and completely a tiny infant can become the center of your world.

And I am packing up in anticipation of my own transition back to Kuwait. I am flying a new route, as I had to reserve my flight so late that my regular route is totally booked. More take offs and landings, fewer hours. Go figure. I am guessing that with all the holidays falling in the same time frame, I am competing for seats with Eid travellers as well as Christmas/New Years travellers.

See y’all soon.

January 5, 2007 - Posted by | Eid, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Generational, Random Musings, Relationships, Seattle, Travel


  1. I love that it is red, almost as much as I love her bravery in seeking new joys while her sorrows are still so fresh.

    last year when I hosted six girlfriends for New Year’s, my friend K, who grew up in Peru, told us that everyone must wear red underwear for New Year’s, to welcome the year. My friend L, a lovely Spanish woman, agreed, saying in her delightful lilt: Diamond, not to wear these things for the new year is IMPOSSIBLE.

    I like to think of this red suitcase as a bit like red underwear: a sign of hope, and a bringer of good things to Grandma’s life.

    safe travels back home – see you soon in Kuwait, God and Jazeera’s sale fares willing!

    Comment by adiamondinsunlight | January 5, 2007 | Reply

  2. Little Diamond – ooooowie! Red underwear to welcome the New Year. . . he he, after all the cleaning and bill paying, start the new year in red underwear . . .I love it!

    And it’s funny, I was going for the black and navy blue, and she went right for the red. Good for her!

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 6, 2007 | Reply

  3. Wow ..a lot of stuff going on. Glad your mom is traveling, I think its probably nice to get a change of scenery.

    Hun did you try United Air from Washington DC? I heard they have a direct flight from Dulles to Kuwait.

    Comment by 1001 Nights | January 6, 2007 | Reply

  4. Zin, the problem is getting from Seattle to wherever i catch the next flight. My rule of thumb is – the fewest connections possible, in the most temperate climate possible. Like now there are snowstorms in the US and you could get STUCK en route somewhere. AAAaaaarrgh.

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 6, 2007 | Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: