I have been searching for a reason to keep blogging since I am no longer an expat. I have been busy organizing and baby proofing in my mother’s house while at the same time catching up with my family that I haven’t been able to blog much. I
have decided that blogging is helpful to me because I use it as a way to write out issues that bother me or to record my everyday life so that I can look back on it later. When you read my blog, please, keep in mind that the issues I write about are based on my feelings at that time as I am searching for understanding of a subject. My opinion on matters my change over time or not based on what I continue to learn about the subject.
In the case of yesterday’s post, I don’t see my opinion changing. When something is so clearly wrong I won’t change my mind. I still think France is a wonderful country to live in but there are things that do need to change if France wants to keep workers from leaving. I think huge progress needs to be made in work and education. College is free in France. However, it is not as flexible or open to older working students as it is in America. I see that changing over time. Our children will most likely attend French college due to the high cost of education in America. I just hope that it is more open before they start college. If the kids go to college in America it will be through through their performance in sports or education. We will never have enough money to pay for it. So, I do see that both countries are not perfect. I am simply trying to do what is best for myself and my family.
It is true that if my husband’s family were more supportive we most likely would have toughed it out in France. However, in hindsight I think that it is best that we did not. I love being able to stay home with the kids. However, that just doesn’t buy a house or enable me to provide for my kids. We were just making it in France. It was hard to pay the bills let alone buy toys for my kids. They had what they needed but there where so many times I was afraid that we couldn’t feed them due to the issues with my husband’s employers. It is wrong that the 35 hour work week is not enforced outside of civil servant jobs.
Social aid is great if the people aren’t crippled in other ways.