Three months in, my 2 year old and 4 year old have no problem sleeping hot, bright, noisy rooms. True, they might sleep with less clothing because of the heat. And yes, it probably takes them a few minutes longer to get sleepy because of the light. But the all that outside noise–bats and all–have become their ambient noise.Here is what our house looks like at naptime. See Susanna and Benaiah playing legos? See that open door behind them with the child sprawled across the bed? Naptime. Doors open, light everywhere, noises galore.As for the other kid, his room doesn’t even have a door that closes. Or one whole wall, for that matter. Although, we do most days, close the curtains.Our kids, like all of us, have found ways to adjust.The other day, when asked about the heat, I heard my seven year old tell his grandma, “Well, most days the weather’s perfect.” It’s a difference, I think, between accepting and living in the present–with what we have now–than in the past with the things we used to have. And it is a perspective I have to remind myself to have every day here.I’ve learned a lot since getting here–how to navigate a third world transportation system, negotiate a third world market, and communicate in another language.But I’ve learned a little something about contentment from my children.
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