Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Does anyone else out there worry.....??

Does anyone else out there worry about Kuwait? I am not living there right now, but I am a little concerned about bringing my family there to live when the country whose borders almost totally envelope it is falling completely apart...Does anyone in Kuwait worry about that?
The first time I went to Kuwait was several years after the first "Desert Storm". I was constantly having awful visions of the Kurds and thinking of Saddam. Now, Saddam is almost completely gone and I worry: Is there any hope that Iraq can pull together a unified country before they completely kill off the Sunnis or Shia? Just one of the many *pleasant* thoughts that I have swirling about my hormone-laden mind these days. I really am starting to think that pregnancy and children slowly dissolve some of the ol' gray matter.
I think worrying is hereditary too. I come from a long line of worriers. My father is the king of worry. I remember being in our house in the mountains of VA when I was young and getting a litany of things not to do when he and my mother went for a hike: Don't ride the ponies, don't strike any matches, don't go in the creek, don't play with the tractors, etc.. I finally found out, when I was in college,(duh!) that many of the deterents he imployed to keep us from doing things were simply not true: If you are watching tv and lighting strikes it, everone in the room can go blind! Well, you should have seen the looks on friends faces when I told them that! Thanks, Dad. He used to say: When you are riding your bikes, girls, be careful because the 'new cars' engines are so quiet they can sneak up behind you and run you over! I think John Irving must have met my father. I can just see myself riding my bike while periodically paranoidly glancing backwards....the undertoads strikes again!
Anyway, the point is that my father is an extreme worrier, so was his mother, and I am sure it goes back to some person in our family who, while painting his face blue and baying at the moon, was warning his offspring not to look to closely for fear of damaging his eyes!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

All kind of crazy stuff!

Ok, I can't sleep at night now...I am over 7 months and it shouldn't be so difficult already! I am getting nervous about the last 2 months! If I sleep on my back, my legs go to sleep; if I sleep in my side, my hips kill me. I think I am going to have to buy a big ol' Archie Bunker Lazy Boy to sleep in...can I ship that to Kuwait? I feel terrible about having gained so much weight. Now I really do fit the stereotype of the oversized American, all hyped up on bovine growth hormone and steriods in their foods. Funny thing is, I am a vegetarian! Oh well, I guess it could have been the genetically modified tomatoes. I only wish they would have helped me to not bruise so easily too.
Also, what about the crazy pregnancy dreams??? I had a dream the other night that one of my son's teachers was smoking dope, and I don't even know her that well. I made the mistake of telling her about it...she didn't seem to amused. Could I blame that faux pas on pregnancy hormones?
Switching gears now...I just read Desert Girl's post about Kuwait and business. That is an issue that I have been irritating my husband with for many years now. Why can't things change over there? Also, another thing to be worried about- getting political now- I read that there have been refugees in Kuwait from Iraq(true?) who are predominantly Shia, now what happens if Kuwait starts to suffer some of the unrest of the surrounding countries and it causes a civil war there too? Great, just when I am moving! It seems that the whole middle east could be in for even more than ususal problems. Perhaps the alliance of China with the M.E. will somehow be helpful????
Ahh well...these are just some of the ruminations of my tumultuous pre-sleep mind.
Peace, please.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

What is life in Kuwait going to be like for my children?

As I sit here contemplating the move to Kuwait in May, I am so concerned about what is going on over there. Granted, I am also concerned about what is going on here in the US, but it is a known entity, one that I can predict, to a degree, the possible outcomes. I have been reading the Arab Times online. It is disconcerting the amount of corruption in the system in Kuwait. I know there is major corruption here too, but it doesn't seem to affect the entire nation's ability to move forward here. I wonder when the Kuwaiti people will demand more for themselves and from their government?
I also worry about taking my children from independent schools here and putting them into schools there. Are they going to get as good an education? I do so hope. Anyway, what they will get there is an intact family, and I know that that is the most important thing for them. For the most part, I am wondering and trying to picture what their lives will be like.
If anyone out there reads this and has ideas about growing up in Kuwait versus the US: schools, opportunites, social issues, etc. Please give me some of your opinions!!!