Perspective is the way one see’s something — one’s mental view or outlook of facts and ideas. It took just a few hours in India to realize how this family from San Clemente California is going to gain a new perspective in life from living in New Delhi, India.
Just minutes into our arrival, upon exiting the airport at 6:30 a.m., our perspective of humidity was changed forever. We arrived in monsoon season here when the humidity is at its peak. The moment the doors of the airport opened to exit the airport, the stifling heat from humidity drenched us. As we loaded our 11 suitcases and 5 carry-on bags into a small Toyota Innova mini van (a large car by their standards), our children got their first view of what this new place of residence looks like as we drove the 30 minutes to our new temporary residence. They saw auto rickshaws, bicycle driven taxis, barefooted children knocking on their windows begging for money as we sat at an intersection, lush greenery from all the rain, people sitting on the sides of the street cooking cobs of corn on a small metal plate to sell for their livelihood, school children in uniforms heading off to their Indian schools that had already begun the school year, and yes, we even saw some cows wandering the street. The sights, sounds and smells are a lot to absorb in that short ride but awakened all of our senses that we are now in a different part of the world where 17% of the world’s population lives.
Our family is going to gain some new “eyes” during the next three years of living here. Our perspective of nicely manicured lawns, free time at the beach, grocery stores full of unlimited choices of food, is changing each day as we experience what it is like to live half way around the world.