I met Diana in lobby of the hotel where I was staying with my mom. She bounced in looking like that lady you want to be when you grow up. I don’t mean that in the way that she was so very stylish or so put together. She was just so full of energy and confidence. She was happy and she was well, … a beamer. She beamed with exuberance. She flurried through the door like a little girl might imagine herself gliding across the red carpet to accept the best person of the year award.
Diana entered, zero-ed in on me and rushed over to give me two Spanish kisses on my cheek. And she was so happy! So happy to meet me! So excited! We met, we talked, we laughed. The truth is that it seemed very natural to me. I liked her and I was just so ready for an adventure! I needed a place to stay in Madrid and her place was centrally located. Hey, if I didn’t like it, I could just scoot, right?
I have to admit, that during this whole process, I was repeating the mantra, “get out of comfort zone, get out of comfort zone.” I was prepared for the newness of the situation, I thought. So I signed up – I told Diana that I would love to help her son, Jaime, learn English.
Even my mom met her and gave her the thumbs up. So I was ready to roll! We made a date so I could meet the little guy and the Father in a few days. I would go to their house, check out the vibe and we would talk details of the exchange.
I left the meeting with Diane with a really great feeling. I felt like everything was falling into place. I was really on my way to carving out a new life for myself in a completely new country.
After all, I didn’t know how long I would be here, but I was really excited to be on my way…..