One of the obvious perks of being in the Foreign Service is being able to raise your child overseas. I love the U.S., don’t get me wrong, but I like to think that our son will have so many more opportunities to see living history and to learn things firsthand in their natural or original environment. And it’s pretty cool to be able to say that you learned to ski in the Alps or scuba dive in the Caribbean. I can’t wait to see what he’s going to be able to do and which things he’ll be interested in.

Another positive is language skills. Since we’re currently in a third-world country and can actually afford a full-time nanny, our son is exposed to a little bit of Spanish on a daily basis. (The official language of Belize is English, but there’re lots of Spanish-speakers around.) He has a few months left to go till his second birthday, but he’s recently started saying “adios” and “si” in addition to his rapidly expanding English vocabulary. Our baby boy is already bilingual!! Woo hoo!