One thing I have realised while living so far away from my place of birth is the need to be united with my husband and children. We have had to adapt to so many new things; and have often felt like strangers in the place we have chosen to live. We have traveled together as we have gone about the city figuring out the Canadian protocol in so many things we took for granted “back home”. My husband and I have been united in our desire to understand as we forayed into an education system unknown to us on behalf of our children.
As a family, we spend much time together. Weekends are spent either working together (the girls at their homework and the parents at their obligations at home), eating together, or going out together. Part of the reason we are united, I think, is that we spend plenty of time with one another. I am grateful that we all get along and that our home is not filled with discord and tension.
Being united as a family has certainly been a saving grace for me during times of homesickness, of longing for my own parents, of frustration and of disappointment. If we had not been united in our resolve and our commitment to one another, experiences may have turned out differently.
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© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
(This post was written for the FMF 31 day challenge hosted by Kate Motaung. Today’s prompt is: unite)