We have decided to move back to America. I don’t know if I will be able to post during the next few months until we have completed the move due to not having assess to a computer.
I am not happy to be leaving France. France has become my second home. The problem is that I am not able to attend classes to learn the language at a high enough level to get a high paying job. Also, France is still behind as far as work laws regarding discrimination. During the one interview I had since moving to France I was asked point blank how I would manage to work with four children. My answer to the woman, “I will manage the same as someone that has one child…daycare.” I had to fill out a questionaire before the interview with information about not only mine and my husband’s nationality and city of birth, but that of my parents as well. I had to list my children by name and birthdate. The interview was a complete waste of time and I left furious. I felt and was discriminated against because I was a mother of four children.
In France, I think it will be the same no matter where I interview at due to the fact that companies are still legally allowed and do ask these types of questions. In America, if that interview had happened I would have sued the britches off that company. I see France changing, but not fast enough in these matters. It does take time just as it did in America. I am just not willing to wait. I want to get on with my life and start teaching which gets me into the next reason for the move back to the States.
The other (and more important reason) is that my husband and I will be be able go back to school and teach. Vilay will go to college to teach French in high school and I will teach in an elementary school (hopefully in a Kindergarten class – which is my favorite). I was born to be a teacher and I will finally be able to do just that. We are looking at Florida due to the teacher shortage there which means Vilay will most likely be able to get his tuition loans reimbursed and I will be able to get a job right away due to the fact that I did finish a teacher certification program in Ohio. I had an Ohio teaching certificate but while living in France it expired. Another reason we are looking at Florida is that both my parents are thinking of retiring in Florida and I want to stay close to my family.
My inlaws never celebrate Christmas as a family with their sons or their families where as my parents (even if they are divorced) will get together and celebrate all the big holidays together with the children and grandchildren. We all cook, eat and clean up. I really miss family holidays and get togethers. It is so very important and I am hoping we can make it back in time for this year’s Halloween. I would love to take my children out to an Ohio farm to hand pick our family pumpkin and then trick or treating. Oh, and I want a pumpkin pie just for me!!!
I love France and we are planning on coming back as much as we can for vacations. We would like to retire in France but at this point I understand there is a lot of wisdom in the old saying of…”Don’t count your chickens before they are hatched.” We really never know where life will take us. However, as long as we have our families and loved one’s that is all that matters.
I will try to post at least once a month to keep you up to date on our newest adventure.
Wish us luck!