Many of our relatives and friends question our decision to go back to Sri Lanka. Here we are armed with a PR in a developed country (a thing many a Sri Lankans would give their right hand for) wanting to go back to poor old Sri Lanka. They assume that anything is better than back home. Yes, the grass will always be greener on the other side. For us however, happiness doesn't constitute in money, comforts or the assumed prestige of living in another country. For all those skeptics--apart from a few reasons like roots, culture and religion here are our main reason for going back.
Love and happiness- yes you heard me right, home is where our kids will find an abundance of love. Love that cannot be replaced by money or comforts. Love that we believe is essential for them to grow into healthy, complete human being. Our kids will be surrounded by the love from her Grandparents, from Puncha (My sister -H1's favourite ever relative), from numerous aunts, and uncles and imagine the fun times she will have with her cousins.
All those happy times she will have visiting her grandparents - yep...imagine the fun and the different experiences that will enrich her life. My parents live in Kandy, where she will bask in the beauty of the hill capital. Hubby's parents live in Matara where there is sun, sea and sand. And we plan to drop her off during school holidays in either of the place so that she will have the best holidays ever.
Simple reasons...but which we believe are essential for her to grow up with.
And admit it. How many of you abroad start the day reading the Daily Mirror or The Island online instead of the local papers? How many of you press the refresh button every ten minutes to see if there are updates from back home? How many dream of the familiar things you can't get anywhere else in the world like ambul thiyal, malu paan and Astra margarine. Heck, I even miss the pot holes on the roads. Many people have the ability to immerse them selves in the country they chose as home. For us, there is a constant longing to go back. And for all those people who think anywhere outside the country is heaven, who ask us to think carefully of our decision, who say there are no opportunities back home (opportunities are what you create, not what's handed to you I always say by the way), I say look again carefully at the grass on your side. It maybe greener than you thought. You might have missed it for the fact that you were too busy looking at the other side to notice.