As much as you may be enjoying the beautiful ocean and country of Belize, when you receive “that” call, you immediately know you must drop everything and head back to the states. For me, that call was when my four year old grandson called from Oklahoma and screamed into the phone, “WHEN ARE YOU COMING TO MY HOUSE|?” I booked a flight the following day!
Many of the conversations at the local ex-pat hangouts immediately revert to , “Where are you from…..have any grand kids back home….what do they think of your moving to Belize? Grand kids are probably the #1 reasons most retires get a little emotional about relocating to this tropical paradise. I’ll admit, some of my children thought I was crazy when I told them about buying a condo in Belize. However, as soon as they were able to visit, I was suddenly a pretty intelligent mother after all, they loved it! Obviously as you approach retirement age, spending time with the grandkids is a top priority. With so many blended families and living in different areas in the states, many retires see their children and grandchildren as much or more often here in Belize than we did back home. Who wouldn’t want to go to grandma’s house when she lives in Belize!!
My experience of moving to Belize is finding the balance to spend time in this beautiful little country, but still being able to see the grandkids. For the ones that were able to visit this year, it allowed for some great one-on-one times and provided them with a much needed vacation.. Experiencing the fishing trips, snorkeling and lobster season has been the highlights of their summer trips. So as they return to the states to resume their busy lives, we remained here for a few months.
I’ve been in Belize four months this time and I admit, I was needing a serious “grand kid fix”.
Although my grown children are all in their 20-30‘s, they’ll always be my babies. I’m looking forward to seeing them again and catching up on what I so clearly recall as the hectic lives of young adults and parents. What use to be fun trips to the zoo and amusement parks, will be replaced with the casino, sports bar, or shopping, but all fun stuff when getting to see what great adults your children have become.
As much as I’m looking forward to visiting the kids and grand kids, I am not looking forward to the weather! Returning to the states in late fall can be tricky at best and sometimes unbearable when winter hits the mid west. I’ll be digging out the sweatshirts, sweatpants, coats and boots.For months on end, my wardrobe consisted of flipflops, t-shirts and baseball caps.
I’ve been back in the states almost two weeks now and have had some great times with the kids. We’ve gone to the pumpkin patch with a very energetic four year old. Watched our nine year old score the winning touch down at his football game in Oklahoma, lost a little money at a couple casinos with the “older children” and that was just in two states. Headed from Texas to Oklahoma, then to Kansas City has provided a very busy couple weeks. Now headed to Michigan to visit other family members…..I have made a pit stop at Old Navy for winter wear! Sweats, hoodies and a jacket…..things I have not worn in a while, but from the crispness in the air this morning…..I think I’m going to need them.
Although, I’m missing my home and friends in Belize, it’s great to see the family and do some traveling throughout the states……..however, I could use some warmer weather!!
Loving my family visits……,missing Belize!