Sunday, June 15, 2008

The world is large, its beauty indescribable



David is off to China. I wish I could change his mind and make him stay here. I tried, but he laughed, thinking I wasn't serious.

I know he'll have a great time. His eyes will be opened, and he'll never view the world in the same way. I just wish China weren't so far away. And I wish he didn't have asthma. And that China had cleaner air. And that he wasn't allergic to peanuts. And that he didn't have stitches in his head. And that I was going with him, to keep him safe and make sure he isn't lonely. Or uncomfortable. Or nervous. Or bothered in any way.

Come to think of it, maybe it will be easier for him to breathe polluted Chinese air, than to be smothered by me at home ;-(

6 comments:

suesun said...

Looks to me like little brother wants to tag along!


Traveling to Mexico during spring break of my 7th grade year changed my life forever, even if I didn't know it then. You've given him a great gift.

The13th said...

Letting go, even in brief, isn't always easy - but how can one argue against such a wonderful experience?!

Below a little commisseration for the suitcases left behind from a jaunty song by Brian Eno.

"When I got back home I found a message on the door
Sweet Regina's gone to China crosslegged on the floor
On a burning jet that's smoothly flying
Burning airlines give you so much more."

Jacques Poirier said...

This family is large, its beauty indescribable...but one must try!

T.R. said...

When does he come back? I am heading to Beijing July 16 for six weeks to sell my soul to the Olympic devil. Happy to check-up on him if he is in Beijing and bring him a care package.

Marie said...
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Crayons said...

How exciting for him, how scarey for you.