Ravi landed in the US for work on 09.09.90, 19 years ago. He stayed there till 2007 when we moved to Singapore and then here to India a year ago. He worked there for almost 17 years. Ravi and i were just enjoying the rare number combinations.
Raghu and Zoya created a Bed-Cushion-Sleep-Game. We rolled in all our cushions on the floor this morning. The 2 have been inventing games... mostly raghu invents and zoya adjusts things to suit her tastes... like blankets and dollies must be part of the said game. Raghu has been hooked on his DS... which got a whole bunch of new games loaded thanks to an adult-gaming-friend we've met recently. Raghu is in gaming-nirvana.
We are getting ready for our trip to the US. Amazing that it is really happening. Ravi has been incredible at making this trip happen. He has been wanting to go back to NJ/NYC with us... for a trip at the very least. So we leave end of October and get back end of November. All in all about 5 weeks. We will get to spend the first 6 days in London as he has work there as well. Our US trip will include a week in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe region. Since we could not time our trip to match any of the unschooling conferences that happen thru the year across the US.... Sandra Dodd (http://sandradodd.com/) very kindly offered to plan a conference for when we are there. Her generous offer means we get to spend time with her and other families and watch unschoolers in action. Can't wait :-)
Raghu is very thrilled about the upcoming travels. He has been reading about castles, Robin Hood and talking about Harry Potter and related stuff. He knows Roald Dahl was British and we've been talking about visiting a castle with a real moat and seeing a portcullis in action. Interestingly its not like i said "we're going to London.. lets read things that relate to it"... nope. He has been connecting the dots and telling me about all the books he borrows from the library or hte ones he likes at home and how they have roots or are based in London. Even Asterix and Obelix speak of Londinium :-)
I'm looking forward to the US part of the trip so i can spend time in familiar places with family and friends, enjoy playgrounds and museums and such, eat lots of old familiar foods, walk the streets of NYC again, and very importantly... meet and interact with Unschooling parents and children. Something that we as a family are sorely missing out on here in India.
Zoya is talking in bigger more complicated sentences and is engaging Raghu in conversation more often these days. The age gap is reducing. Till now she was only a physical playmate... someone Raghu could run with and catch or jump with. But she is changing rapidly. She is 3 inches short of Raghu's height and is wearing shoes that are one size behind. Raghu says she is the biggest 3 year old he ever saw :-) She cracks jokes and will look at us with delight when we get her jokes.