Some traditions are meant to be kept no matter where you live

Yes, living in Poland stinks!  Not all the time but sometimes it does, I am not going to lie.  Last weekend it really hit home how much my kids are losing out on normal American traditions that are a right of passage when growing up in America, like your Senior year of high school Homecoming!  The going to school dressed crazy each day for the week, decorating the school, pep rallies, football games, chili cook-off and most importantly the Homecoming dance!

I am sorry there are some traditions that no matter where we live my kids are not going to miss out on and Homecoming is one of them especially your Senior year! She is missing out so much this year with her taking online classes, how could not have a little bit of fun?

So guess where my oldest went last weekend?  To her old high school’s Homecoming back in The Netherlands!  

She has remained good friends with a few of the girls there and luckily I have as well with their parents, so off she went.  Luckily there is low cost airline that flies directly from here to a town a little over an hour away and she went for 3 days to the old school to have the once in a lifetime experience of Homecoming!

So Homecoming means….

First up, eyebrow torture!

First up, eyebrow torture!

Then off to mall jewelry store for the perfect jewelry, purse and of course hair accessories!  The local store, "Glitter" even showed her how to do a quick up-do herself.

Then off to mall jewelry store for the perfect jewelry, purse and of course hair accessories! The local store, “Glitter” even showed her how to do a quick up-do herself.  We fell in love the ladies there.  We will be shopping there more often.

I know she is almost an adult but I still got really nervous her flying by herself!

I know she is almost an adult but I still got really nervous her flying by herself!

"L" and her friends.  It is hard to believe I have watch these girls go from being in elementy school together to now their final year of high school.  Where do time go?

“L” and her friends. It is hard to believe I have watched these girls go from being in elementary school together to now their final year of high school. Where do time go?

So, to the mom that only drove her back and forth to the airport, to letting her eat your food, to letting her crash in your house, to picking her up from her after Homecoming dance date(yes, her friends hooked her up on a movie date with an old classmate of hers!) to being the perfect step-mom for the weekend, THANK YOU!!!!  There are no more words than I can say for what this meant to me but to “L” as well!!  Oh, wait…..can I make reservations now from Prom?

Yes, living in a foreign country has some perks but there are few negatives and seeing your children miss out on normal kid stuff is one that I am having a hard time with.

Up next Senior pictures for “L” because some traditions are meant to be kept no matter where you live!

What American tradition would you miss if you ever moved away? Me, I miss Super Bowl commercials!!

love kelley
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10 Responses to Some traditions are meant to be kept no matter where you live

  1. kate says:

    If it stinks, you are very welcome to live !

    • kate says:

      I mean ‘leave’

    • Just out of curiosity, have you ever lived outside of Poland? Out of all 5 different countries that I have lived in they all have the moments where they are AMAZING and then there are times, I get really homesick and this was one such weekend. I am sure you would feel the same way if you lived in another country, as living overseas for 12 years I could tell you some stories about friends! Please don’t get me wrong, my kids are experiencing things that only other kids get to dream about but on the other hand things like this Homecoming dance is something that my daughter only got to dream about for the last 2 years and other kids took for granted. In Poland there is a tradition very similar to this with high school kids dressing up and going to a dance, well she would be in the mall shopping or talking to her Polish friends from church about the dance and she would just turn quite because since she is not going to a local high school but online, the dance was not an option for her. I can’t imagine how my daughter has felt for the last 2 years of listening and seeing pictures of her US friends going to dances and her Polish friends going to the dance and she sits home. What would you do in my shoes? I am sure you would find an AMAZING friend that your daughter could borrow a dress from that she already has matching shoes for, then go hit up the jewelry store for the right earrings! And you would not eat out one night at McDonald’s as a family because that is the price we paid for her round trip airplane ticket(I love Ryan Airline)! I really enjoy living here in Poland for the last 2 years but there are defiantly some interesting challenges living here!

  2. kate says:

    Yes, I have been living abroad (in USA) for 7 years. And though I do not like everything here I do not open a blog and write that it stinks here. If you do not like living in ANY foreign country you are free to leave. Nobody is keeping you there. Being homesick is one thing (and of course I understand this and I am not talking about this) but saying that a country stinks is another.

  3. Kate,

    I am sorry you feel that way as that is not why I write this blog. Over the last 22 months I have written “On of the reason’s why I enjoy living here in Poland” on several posts. You are welcome to scroll through them to see what I am talking. I also think living in the US stinks, and when we lived in Holland it stunk too at times. That is the nice thing about reading blogs of expats that live in other countries, you get to the learn the good and the bad about the countries.

    I am not going to lie how I feel, it is my blog and I can write what I want. So I have never said this to anyone before but if you are happy with what I write you are welcome not to read my blog again. I hope you do keep reading it to see that there 2 sides to every story.
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  4. Jim says:

    Kate,

    I think you missed the point of this blog post — that of missing out on American Traditions stinks for our daughter. You can’t simply take a single opening line from a story and get the whole meaning. I’m sorry if you misunderstood the blog post by my wife’s creative writing attempt to grab her readers attention. In today’s world it is pretty common for writers to have an “attention grabber” to get the readers to read further.

    There have been struggles for us at every location we lived, including in the U.S. I assure you we have weighted the pros and cons of living in Poland and the pros definitely outnumbered the negative aspects. We love Poland — We love the People — and We cherish the experience we are having.

    I apologize if you were offended but my perception is you simply took the first line to heart and didn’t look for the real meaning of the blog post. I think my wife did the same with your critical reply.

    I hope that you can take the time to look through the other posts to get a real feeling of what Kelley’s blog is about and perhaps even watch our TV episode. I think you will find a lot more positive than negative aspects if you did a little research. If you still have the feeling her blog is negative toward Poland I would love to discuss why you feel that way. Feel free to contact me through Kelley if you still feel that way and we can discuss in person, Skype, etc. as I do not feel arguing on a blog accomplishes much.

    While we do have the right to leave anytime, I would like to point out that not everyone can just leave. There are many military type jobs at the Embassies, etc. that have to finish their tour before they can leave. If you are lurking other blogs you should be aware that not everyone just has the “free right” to pack up and leave.

    Again I apologize if you were offended —

    Sincerely

    Jim

  5. ANN says:

    One of the problems with writing is when people misinterpret something and choose to take it in the most offensive way possible. I wonder, Kate, if you read the rest of the blog post. It’s quite obvious that the blogger’s intention isn’t to put Poland down.

    On that note, as an expat in Germany, I completely understand what you are saying, blogger. I love living abroad, but when we get close to the american holidays I do miss those traditions. We have been lucky to go back during some of them, but this year we won’t be there for Halloween or Thanksgiving and what we do here, while nice, is just not the same. It’s awesome that you were able to give your daughter the opportunity to experience homecoming!

  6. kate says:

    I was only offended by the first line. I am sorry if I sounded harsh but the world “stinks” has very negative meaning for me – maybe this is because English is my second language and I understand this word a little differently than native speakers?… It is just kind of painful for me to hear someone saying that my country stinks. I am sorry that I offended you with my comment.

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