(P.S. Did you like the title? I love me some alliteration!)
Here’s my big secret: I was born in Canada. I know, you’d never think this all-American girl was once a Canadian, but it’s true. That frozen Northern blood runs through my veins. When we moved to the US when I was 12, it wasn’t the first time I had been to our neighbor to the south, but it was a huge change nonetheless. A change that I’m forever grateful for.
Another secret: I spent three months in the UK when I was 15/16. My mom applied for a temporary transfer there with her work (not military, more like computers before that all crashed) and off we went! That too is another move that I’m thankful for. What an experience! I get to say, “I lived in Europe!” and I always wanted my own kids to be able to say the same thing.
Cue in: South Korea.
It wasn’t even on our radar until one day right around my birthday in April my husband calls and said “They offered me a fixed wing slot, but it means we have to move to Korea.” WHOA. First, he was a helicopter pilot but now they want him to fly airplanes? We were supposed to go to Colorado, but now Korea?!
But I said, “let’s do it,” because I wanted that experience for me, for our family, and most especially, for my daughter.
I know first-hand what it’s like to grow up in a foreign country. Alright alright, Canada isn’t that foreign from the US, but it isn’t the same. I loved getting questions about where I grew up because then I could explain, it was a different country. What a privilege I’ve had to experience the world and see new places. I wanted this for our children.
There are so many benefits to raising my daughter in a foreign country.
For one, exposure to a new country, one that is so different from the United States. Isn’t it cool that she can tell people when she gets older that she spent three years of her life living in Asia?
And most importantly, she’s going to be learning that the world is at times a huge place and at times so small. We aren’t that different from our Korean hosts over here. We all eat. We all drink. We all go to work, love our families, and play in the sunshine.
She was two when we got here and she’ll be FIVE when we leave. What a great time to learn and grow as a kid! I’m so happy we’re here together as a family and that my daughter will get this whole world in her memory bank. You can’t replace that.
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