One day the Mudge built a sand castle on the beach. He spent a great deal of time on it, digging and shaping it and even trimming it with rocks and found feathers. He sculpted it slowly, changing it a little at a time until finally, he stopped and declared it complete; a complex of towers and structures surrounded by a moat and a stone bridge. The next day we went back to the beach and the high tide had completely washed it all away. Not even a trace remained.
Getting ready to settle into life in a new country was a lot like having your castle swept away by waves. On one hand, we get to start again, but on the other, we have to start over. We don’t have a credit history in our new country, and we aren’t quite sure how to go about some of what we had taken for granted as the simplest things. It is sometimes disorienting and other times exciting. In the end, what keeps us grounded is knowing we are all in this together.