One of the biggest adjustments as I assimilate into American life is busyness. Everyone seems to be busy…busy running kids to a variety of activities, busy attending events and celebrations, etc. It’s especially jarring for me, since I came from a culture that is not busy at all. We used to joke that it was impossible to do more than one thing per day in Switzerland. It was also an unusual place, because most of my friends were far away from home. They didn’t have as many of the obligations as they might have in their “normal” lives in the States, so it was easier to be spontaneous.
Since I don’t really know how to contend with the busyness, I decided to join in by scheduling as much fun as possible in the month of June.
[Keith Urban concert! He is a rock star, AND I found a build-your-own-sno-cone truck!! Only in America!]
[I took a week-long leadership class, and one of the Communications exercises involved drawing a picture of Justin Bieber holding a dog. We really do love pets at Purina. And I’m a pretty poor artist.]
[When I was preparing for a roadtrip to Cincinnati, I asked my friend if she needed me to bring anything for the weekend. She said “no,” but then changed her answer to be “a Clydesdale for the kids to ride.” Little did she know that I had a work event at the Anheuser-Busch brewery the next night, which made it possible for me to see real Clydesdales and to bring a stuffed one (named Clyde!) for her kids!]
[I got to see so many wonderful friends in Cincinnati! Most of whom I met 14 years ago! I love friendships that span time & distance. These friends love me well, and it’s so wonderful to get to create new memories with their little ones!]
[Eight of us girls went to see Rascal Flatts. I’m a huge fan, but I have to say that I think they’re past their prime. The energy level was SO LOW!!]
In addition to all of this, I did my first Shred 415 class this month, experienced the Tower Grove farmers market, spent an evening at the spa with a sweet friend, and enjoyed Sunday brunch with some fun ladies at a French brasserie.
This pace has been a good distraction to keep me from dwelling on how much I miss Switzerland, but as 4th of July approaches, I can’t help but feel sad. I will definitely miss celebrating with my community there.