Why I Send My Son to Another Country for 6 Weeks with his Grandparents

⁣⁣It’s that time of year again. Theo is leaving to Australia tomorrow- without us. ⠀⠀

Last week, my in-laws causally asked to take Theo back to Australia with them for 6 weeks. A huge part of me wanted to say “NO! Don’t take my baby”. ⠀⠀

Instead, I politely smiled and said “sure”, like it was no big deal. ⠀⠀⠀

It would be selfish of me to object. To think I am the only one that can love and provide for him is absurd. To deny my son an opportunity to live in Australia and truly know his paternal grandparents is foolish. ⠀⠀

Theo is so incredibly lucky to have a tribe of people who wants to love and care for him. And it’s my job to expose him to all sorts of religion, culture, language, and people- especially those who gave him his DNA. ⠀⠀

We are proud to say that Theo gets to see his paternal grandparents  2-3 months out of the year. And they live 8,157 miles away. That’s a 20 hour flight from Las Vegas to Melbourne each time he sees his Russian- Australian side of the family. ⠀⠀

Despite the hassle, we do it and we do it every year without complaints. ⠀⠀

Why? Because there is nothing more important than family. My son gets an opportunity to engage with the people that raised his father. How special is that? ⠀⠀

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