There are many things that come with living abroad. The mere fact that I am 8 hours ahead of my home city makes it difficult to take to anyone in a timely matter. Living here I have missed weddings, baby showers, the birth of my friends kids. This year I have been hit with something that I have always been afraid of; my mother will need an important surgery next month. There is not negotiating about this, my mother is very important to me and I need to be there. I have already told my principal and I will be out of work for 2 weeks once we get the surgery date. I will have to fly home and miss two weeks of work. I will not be paid, but sometimes it is not always about the money. Hopefully, everything will be fine.