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blue sky

This sky made me stop in my tracks and reflect on how beautiful this world is. 

We only have to look for the beauty and not be distracted by the ugliness in the world. 

I think people tend to focus on what is “bad” or “different” when in fact it is not either.  Really. 

As an ex-pat I have caught myself looking for differences and even making some up myself.  For instance, I realize that Americans are just as bad about making “sexy” commercials and billboards as the French.  I never took much notice before because I was in my own environment.  Once I returned from living in France for two and a half years, I saw “sex” as much as I saw it in France. 

I was looking through “new” eyes.   

We have to be careful not to make our life as ex-pats in France a life of looking through a microscope picking out what is wrong with France or the French.  Nothing is more wrong with them than any other people in any other country. 

The subtitle to my blog “People are people the world over” holds more true for me now that I have lived as an American in France and as an ex-ex-pat in America. 

In the end all people need love, shelter, food and water.  We are all human. 

You will find what you want to see. 

It is your choice.

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  • Karen February 26, 2007, 9:32 am

    Stunning photo Pumpkin and wise words may you always see with new eyes

  • barbara February 26, 2007, 1:12 pm

    Hi Pumpkin :)
    Beautiful photograph.
    I have also evolved . After all these years here, I accept everything as it is.
    That’s the way it is when you love someone/something. You accept the whole picture.

    Have a nice day ,

  • Jube February 26, 2007, 2:27 pm

    I could not agree more with this post!

    When abroad, we tend to be over critical. While it is essential to be critical, at the same time I feel like sometimes we just want to prove to ourselves that our own country is better, because it comforts our ethnocentric ego. We tend to insist on the negative aspects of the foreign country we live in, forgetting that it’s not that much different at home sometimes.

  • Margie February 26, 2007, 9:41 pm

    Well said! Couldn’t agree more. Thanks for the reminder!!
    Great pix! :)

  • Pumpkin February 27, 2007, 8:39 am

    Jube, Exact!

  • Pumpkin February 27, 2007, 9:07 am

    I wanted to add that this post is a self reflective post. It is not aimed at anyone else. I catch myself saying “the French” blah blah blah. Then, I look down at my little Franco-Americans and get a dose of reality. I am not the perfect ex-pat. I don’t write about the times my ugly ex-pat rears her head because I am not proud of those times. I want to grow as a person and someday be French.

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