It's been almost a year now that our son Seth has been the Brazil correspondent for GlobalPost.com. He lives in a very exciting country. But I miss him every day.
Thanks to Skype and email, it's not as bad as I had feared. We don't have to rely on those thin blue air letters that my parents had to wait days for when I took off to Europe by myself a million years ago. What's more, he's been home twice, and we have visited him in Brazil.
And there have been some great moments. One was watching him via YouTube as a guest on the Brazilian equivalent of the Jay Leno show being funny in Portuguese. (We don't understand Portuguese, but people were laughing.) Today is another of those moments. In today's New York Times Travel Section, www.nytimes.com/travel Seth wrote the cover story about the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, the feature about 36 Hours in Montevideo, the interview for Why We Travel and answer to a question about Rio and a Side Trip to Paraty in the Q&A section.
I hate that we can no longer hop in the car at 9:00 a.m. and be with him by 12:30 p.m. as we could when he lived in New York City. Now we have to travel more than fifteen hours in Delta Airlines' painfully uncomfortable seats to visit him in a country that has a language we can't pronounce.
But today I am very proud of him, and it's almost OK that he is where he is.