I wrote my memoir, HERE WE ARE & THERE WE GO, after my husband and I returned from working in Gurgaon, India. One day while discussing our next move and trying to figure out what to do next, he said to me, "You should write a book. We have so many stories to tell." I thought about it and said why not? Knowing that it is important to write about what you know, I sat down and started picking my brain, as well as my husband's and children's. With their help, I wrote down all of the memorable things that happened to us while we lived and worked in four different countries (Guam, Singapore, Ghana, Mexico) within ten years. My children couldn't remember much of the first two countries as they were only one and two years old. However, I kept a journal of those years and my son presented it to me after unearthing it from a pile of books in his room.
There are many teachers who choose the lifestyle of teaching overseas. It is a fantastic lifestyle full of travel adventures, new cultures, and amazing memories. Those teachers can relate to my memoir as they live the life. However, my memoir is also about the closeness of family when all you have to rely on is each other. Anyone who reads my book will find something to relate to in their own lives.
My husband and I continue to work, live and travel to other countries. Our two children have also been brought up with the travel bug and continue to travel on their own now. Our daughter has gone full circle and is an overseas teacher herself. I will continue to write about our experiences as we have since lived and worked in Egypt, India, and are now in Honduras. There will always be interesting, humorous, and sometimes crazy things to write about. That is the life of an overseas educator.