We Four in Egypt

Now back in the US!

Why Egypt?

I’ve been hearing this question a lot lately. The biggest part of the answer isn’t terribly interesting: an interesting job in my field became available there, and the move seemed like a viable path for me professionally and for our family financially.

But of course there’s much more than that. There’s my parents’ year-long residence in a North African country before I was born, ever apparent as I played on the camel saddle in our living room. There’s a desire to travel but a lack of funds to do it. There’s a lifelong interest in living abroad.

But really there are two wonderful little boys. And moving to Cairo opens up some doors for us and them: because of our employer-supplied housing and the cost of living, Mr. Four won’t be working, at least not right away, so we’ll have a parent at home full-time, something we can’t afford in our charming yet pricey college town.

More than money, though, is the opportunity for my sons, born in Ethiopia and now US citizens, to have a perspective beyond that of being (relatively) wealthy Americans. My kids are American. That part will come easily enough to them. But I want them also to feel a connection to Ethiopia and Africa and life beyond the provincialism of the United States. From Egypt, it’s a pretty short flight to Ethiopia and much of sub-Saharan Africa, where I hope we’ll travel soon.

Finally, to answer the original question: isn’t it obvious? We’re talking about Egypt, the home of the Pharoahs and Pyramids. When I saw the job listing and mentioned Cairo to Mr. Four, his eyes twinkled. “Sure,” he said. “Go for it.” And, so, here we go.

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10 August 2007 - Posted by | bug, getting there, giggle, our life in egypt, parenting

4 Comments

  1. I wholeheartedly applaud your decision to give your kids that international opportunity, to be part of a global world citizenship rather than just an American-centric one. Good luck on your adventures!

    Comment by harlowmonkey | 15 August 2007

  2. Thanks, harlowmonkey! I’m a big fan of your blog and particularly appreciate your comment.

    Comment by egypt4 | 15 August 2007

  3. You all sound like people who are going to have a wonderful time in Egypt. You have the right spirit of adventure. My kids were half Egyptian so our moving to Egypt made even more sense, but it was, oddly enough, my husband who was the least in favour. Almost twenty years down the line, there aren’t too many days I would trade to be living somewhere else.

    Comment by Maryanne Stroud Gabbani | 17 August 2007

  4. Maryanne, thanks for the compliment! I’ve been inspired by your own stories on your blog, so thanks for visiting.

    Comment by egypt4 | 17 August 2007


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