My very good friend and her husband live in Hong Kong. He took a job there a year ago, they packed up their baby and their stuff and vamoosed. We still work together via Skype and email.
And we have their pet snake until they move home. (He's actually a rather nice houseguest. More snake stories later).
A while ago, we cooked up a plan. They're coming home in the summer to visit family. Their Hong Kong apartment is vacant.
We're going to Hong Kong! Hong Kong! They're staying in our house and using our car. We have a free apartment in Hong Kong!
As always, we can't afford it. We're digging into savings accounts, contributing birthday presents, redeeming pop cans, and trying to concoct meals out of the contents of the freezer to avoid going shopping. The kids summer clothes are probably coming from Goodwill instead of Target. But dammit, we're going! I know we are lucky beyond measure to both be employed through this recession.
My son will be in high school next year. If not now, when? Our time window for family travel is rapidly closing, much faster than I'd like to admit. He might have a summer job next year.
We shouldn't do this. We should stay home and be responsible, pay off a credit card, go camping, and maybe splurge on some new furniture (like most of our neighbors do).
We were dithering, and I talked briefly to my Vietnamese next door neighbor. He said, "Go! Time moving on! You can't get it back!"
We bought the tickets.