Would You Consider?
I took a half second to answer that HECK,YEAH!, I'd move to Europe.
Consider the possibilities:
Showing the kids all the things they learn about in the history books (that Momma has always been dreaming of seeing)
Eating all the amazing food
Drinking all the incredible wines (and touring those wine regions!)
Trying fantastic beers all over the continent
All the opportunities for photo hunting
Immersing ourselves in another language and culture
Perhaps attending culinary school
Yeah, the possibilities would be incredible. I'm usually too grounded in reality to consider those possibilities. However, the traveler that lurks in my soul took this suggestion and perked up. She said "Why not?", where as the pragmatic me said "You can't. There's too much keeping you here."
Sometimes, I wish I could follow that adventurer spirit instead of obeying the realist's sense of doing what's within reach. The realist asks what the heck would we do with our stuff, how much would it cost to get the essentials overseas, how would he go about finding work, what about work visas, how exactly does one get the kids enrolled in school, Asperger's? and what about Mom and Jane?
The adventurer, of course, is like the devil on the shoulder of Larry in Animal House, saying that we should think of us, OMG, you could check out several Michelin restaurants, travel to Mont St. Michel, see the Moldovan wineries that make wines you adore, ride in a gondola in Venice, take pictures of Lake Geneva, stand and absorb the scenery of Stonehenge.
Being a realist is a bummer. I'd rather be an adventurer...