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Reaching out into darkness finding friendship and strength from others

On September 14th, 2005 Pumpkin Pie began typing out into the emptiness of internet land.  Or so she thought.  Within a few weeks Pumpkin got a few comments on her posts.  She was surprised that people found her words and actually talked back.  She was delighted.  Pumpkin was lonely for English.  She was homesick for a good old Midwestern Fall.  She missed the smell of cool weather coming and the bright colours of orange and red against brown and green.  She missed Halloween and Thanksgiving.  She missed her family and all the things that were home for her entire life.  Fall is her favorite season but it was just not quite the same for her in France.

After starting her own blog, Pumpkin read lots of blogs…mostly expats living in France and neighboring countries.  She was happy to know others felt some of the same feelings she did living in a new country and adjusting to a new life.  Pumpkin began to accept that her occasional feelings of loneliness and awkardness were normal.  She had a warm blanket of English to wrap up inside when she was sad or homesick…she had the voices of other English speaking expats to sooth her.  Pumpkin began to grow and thrive in her new patch.

I want to thank all of the bloggers out there that take the time to write about their daily lives no matter how simple it may seem.  Someone somewhere is finding comfort in your words.  I am happy that I found other expat bloggers willing to share their experiences with others.  It was such a comfort to me and it really did help me begin my real adjustment to expat life.  Now that I am no longer an expat in France, I still find comfort reading expat bloggers living in France.  I miss France and it is a comfort for me to read about life in France through your words.  Thank you.

Thank you to all of you that read my blog.  It has and does mean so much to me to know that you are there.  I am finding myself again and am making a commitment to blog at least every other day.  I need to write out more what is going on in my life.  I miss blogging.  I miss all of you.

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  • cj September 22, 2006, 6:47 am

    :) I like reading your blog… and welcome back!

  • Alison September 22, 2006, 2:54 pm

    I miss you, too. I know it’s been a little rocky for you lately, but I do hope that you’ll continue blogging, so that we can share in your journey back to yourself. :)

  • Maria September 22, 2006, 3:52 pm

    What a nice post, pumpkin! I’ll be here, reading with interest what you write.
    Also thanks to you.

  • Pam September 22, 2006, 8:00 pm

    Thanks to You! You’ve been quite an inspiration to me in this world of Bloggers!!!


  • Pumpkin September 22, 2006, 10:21 pm

    Thanks everyone :) We have been busy running around getting papers ready and visiting a doctor for Vilay to get his greencard. I am still job searching…I forgot how much time it took to fill out all those applications. I could never figure out why a resume was not enough unless they were interested in hiring you.

    We are planning on moving to Florida as soon as Vilay can work. He doesn’t have the right legally to work in the States right now. Time is all it takes and then we will be in our own apartment close to the ocean…I hope. :)

  • Julie September 23, 2006, 12:21 am

    You have a wonderful talent of making everyone feel special! And I love your blog!

  • samantha September 23, 2006, 5:54 pm

    Maybe you could write a bit about how the green card process is going?

    And I’m happy you’ll be posting more regularily too!

  • Pumpkin September 25, 2006, 2:57 am

    Thank you. It means alot to have readers like you!

    I will make a point to make that my next post. You can read Vilay’s perspective on his blog at windowtofrance.com since you are able to read in French. :)

    I do think it is important to write about the U.S. immigration process as an American. Right now we are not real happy with the cost of getting the greencard. It is close to $1000.00 dollars once you add up all the little forms you must fill out and mail. And, I must have my father sponsor my husband or he would not be allowed to stay. That means my father is financially responsible for my husband. I will post in more detail on that later. In France, we didn’t have the same kind of challenges as we have had here in the States. In the end we will be happy to have it all over.

  • Betty C. September 25, 2006, 5:44 am

    You’re so right about the expat blogging community. If only it had existed 16 years ago when I first came to France…now I’m the one often dishing out advice and saying things will work out, but in 1990 I would have been on the other side…

    Hope things will work out in the States. It’s such a major change…

  • Sarah September 28, 2006, 4:49 pm

    I’m glad that I found your blog! You’re right–blogs really fill a void in many people’s lives and open up new windows and make the internet more welcoming. Even though I’m not an expat myself, I enjoyed living in France vicariously through your writings. Now I’m curious to hear about how your children grow up bilingual and bicultural here in the US. Good luck with your job search and the citizenship process for your husband!

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