Random Quotes From Week no. Eight of Repatriation

Me: “If I were on vacation, I would probably be super excited about how beautiful, cozy, and cool Copenhagen is with its outdoor dining cafes, trendy clothing stores, parks, canals, bridges, and biking community. Instead, I feel nothing. I don’t feel like a tourist, and I don’t feel like a local, what I do feel is a sense of not belonging and not really being here, like an out-of-body experience”

My 8-year-old: “Mom, I think I’ve got to take a break from thinking about my American friends all the time. I should think about my new friends”

Me: “I belong in our San Francisco life and I’m exhausted being away from home for three months; I need to go home now”

My husband: “Sometimes on my bike on the way home from work, it hits me: What the hell am I doing in this life, I don’t belong here”

Me: “What if nothing will ever feel like home again”? (Aka the expat curse)

My 12-year-old: “I like my new friends, but I feel I don’t belong with them. I belong with my American friends in our American life”

My 12-year-old: “It makes me feel comfortable speaking English with my friends, I don’t like the way Danish sounds, it sounds harder”

Me: “I can see us taking a second dig at expat life in the U.S.” to which my husband replied: “I’m working on ideas on how to get us back to the U.S. in a few years” followed by a collective huge sigh of relief

My 8-year-old, fifty times this week: “Mom, look, I found the costume I want to wear for Halloween” (vampire chearleader/voodoo doll/ghost bride — all costumes that we’ll never find in Denmark a few days before Halloween, when she finally makes up her mind)

Me: “I’ll never ride my bike again on crowded bike lanes with baby seated on the back. Ever” (Probably the most unDanish quote of them all)

6 thoughts on “Random Quotes From Week no. Eight of Repatriation

  1. Kan så utrolig godt sætte mig ind i hver eneste af jeres kommentarer! Og “vel”ankommet hjem, bliver der også her, løst arbejdet på en løsning til et nyt eventyr, samme sted over-there:)

      • Præcis. Vi mistede venskaber i danmark, fordi stemningen var a la: “når de ikke gider Danmark og os, gider vi heller ikke dem”. Det har været rigtig hårdt. Og dem, der ikke har prøvet det, kan ikke sætte sig ind i det. Det er et meget ømtålelige emne desværre

  2. Jeg får helt ondt i maven når jeg læser det indlæg. Vi havde det på samme måde og har ikke fortrudt at tage tilbage til USA, selvom det har været benhårdt. Jeg håber for jer at der kommer en god mulighed så I kan komme hjem. Vi savner også stadigt CA og jeg er i fuld gang med at søge jobs derovre. Hvem ved, måske lykkes det rent faktisk at mødes til en kop kaffe i SF en dag :-)

    • Det ville være så hyggeligt! Jeg krydser for jer. Det har bestemt været helt vildt benhårdt for jer, I må være så stolte af jer selv. San Diego kan jeg huske du nævnte :) så besøger vi jer det – vi elskede, elskede, elskede Oceanside, som også er til at betale (og en 20 min’s kørsel fra SD)

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