This move to the US has really changed me…
New BFF: “It’s so nice to meet you. What did you say your name is?”
New BFF: “Say again?”
New BFF: “Sharlette?”
Me (deciding we are not going to be BFF’s after all): “Yes.”
I may need speech therapy or the dentist to fix the gap between my teeth, but at least in The Netherlands I was able to pronounce my own name.
One time, at the playground, a mom managed to ask me to repeat my name seven times. I don’t even remember if she finally got it right, or that we left it at Sharlette.
Picking a name for our girls, my first requirement was for it to be pronounced the same way in Dutch as in English. I didn’t want my children to go through what I’m going through.
And now, with ‘Pippa and the Kids’, I can tell everyone in my new country about it and be sure I’ll get some hits…
Yesterday, the perfect inspiration for Pippa and the Kids arrived in a little package from The Netherlands. My high school friend who has been following my blog, sent me a book called “Black and (A)broad: traveling beyond the limitations of identity“. The author, Carolyn Vines, is a black woman, who left the US to live with her white Dutch boyfriend in The Netherlands.
Hmmm, wait a minute. Let’s turn around the colors and countries. Sounds pretty familiar to me.
When I set up this blog, the idea was not only to write about stuff that interests me, but also to write about my experiences as a Dutch mother and wife, raising a bicultural family in the US. So far, the latter has yet to be developed. But trust me, so far I have already experienced many cultural differences, which are dying to leave my head to come alive on screen.
In the meantime, I was just wondering…
To my American girls:
- Have you ever heard Dutch girls discussing the cut and carat of their diamond engagement ring?
- Have you ever heard of the word ‘gezellig’?
- Did you know bread and potatoes are not ‘evil food’?
To my Dutch girls:
- Have you ever been pregnant and able to pee in a clean bathroom, anywhere?
- Have you ever had a doorman?
- Have you ever chosen your job to meet your future husband?
Stay tuned for more…