So, yesterday we had the first opportunity to take the kids into the American embassy (yes, that’s right 5 years in). As we walked in, I explained to the Beans that although it felt like we were in Jordan, we had actually been transported into America. It was their first understanding of the fact that a country’s embassy is its own sovereign soil. The funny thing, though, is that it actually is almost like you’re in America at the embassy club.
Between the pool (which reminds me of a nice US public pool) and the playground with real grass, you can forget for a moment that you are in Jordan. And honestly, sometimes that’s nice. It’s like a little world inside a bigger world. I’m certain that the British embassy is the same and the new Saudi monstrosity that they are building in Abdoun will be the same as well. Regardless, it is an interesting concept. Going abroad without leaving home, who’d of thunk it?
The capstone to the evening was a lovely fireworks display. It was the first time I’ve been that close to them. They were going off over our heads, literally. The sky was full of shiny fire that you could almost reach up and touch. The Beans were a tad scared what with the loud noises and bright lights so close but I assured them they were perfectly safe. I have to admit that this was called into some question when one of the remnants of the fireworks actually made it to the ground near where we were sitting. At any rate, after it finished, ButterBean said, “It really was neat, Mommy.” Apparently the trauma won’t last long ;). So, here are the Beans wishing you a Happy Independence Day (American). We missed you all in all of our red, white, and blue finery. Hope it was grand!
Happy Space Between!