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.