Over the holiday I grumped that it was difficult to push a cart down the overcrowded baking aisle in the grocery store. I vowed never to go back. Then I laughed. In a few days we’ll land in Chennai, where the city’s 4.3 million person population makes the 736,000 person population of our entire state seem insignificant. Fairbanks has about 100,000 people. By Alaska standards, Fairbanks is big. In India we’ll spend most of our time in Pondicherry, which is considered small with 241,000 people.
Soon we will recalibrate our definitions of big and small.
Then we’ll work on our sense of hot and cold. When I tell our kids, who have grown up in Alaska, to get a hat or mittens they say, “Mom, you don’t understand. You weren’t even born here.” Our current weather, has been much closer to Pondicherry than it should be. Usually in January it’s between -20 F (-28 C) and 0 F (-17 C). Zero is warm, pleasant even. Schoolkids have outdoor recess until -20 F. Even though right now it’s the cooler season in South India, the weather in Pondicherry is going to be a shock at first as well.
There’s so much more we’ll be adjusting to. So much I can’t imagine right now, busy with packing and scanning and double checking. This afternoon, the girls got in some epic sled runs, and tomorrow, I hope to take the dog for a long snowy walk.