Our next chapter is starting off with a bang, as we welcome our teenage daughter, Axelle back to the United States for 10 days. It has only been four months since she left Florida and went back to France to finish her senior year of high school, but it feels like it has been a very long time.
It was one of the craziest ideas that Jenn and I ever had, but raising a teenager for a year was an experience that neither of us will ever forget. It was a year filled with stories and ending with the arrival of Nolin. It is exciting for me to know that in some shape or form, Axelle will always be a part of our family. It will be nice to see her again because it has been difficult for us to get together over Skype (isn’t technology pretty cool) frequently due to the 6 hour time difference.
Although we have been able to keep in touch over email and Facebook, I can’t wait to sit down and hear about everything that has happened over the last four months. Like most teenagers, I think the last four months has seen a rollercoaster ride of dating, breaking up (Facebook must grow tired of managing teenager’s relationship statuses), and hanging out with friends, but Axelle has always had more to talk about than just that. I always found it very interesting to not only get a teenager’s viewpoint on things but a foreign viewpoint as well. It will be interesting to get her view of the protests that are currently going on in France (which she was amazed that we had heard about here in the States).
I also can’t wait for Axelle to see Nolin. I don’t think she will be able to get over how much he has grown since she left.
Axelle will be back with us for the next 10 days. My only regret is that I am already fearful that the time will go by way too quickly. There are so many things that I want to do while she is town, but I know that we probably wont get to half of them. I am now beginning to understand how my parents must feel during one of our whirlwind visits home for a few days.
For now I guess it is just best to concentrate on getting to the airport in time to welcome our daughter back home!