Kitty ClarkI am an expatriate.
I am English, and I am now living in the USA. I am currently in USA.
When I moved to the USA six months ago, I figured I was more than prepared for my life here. I had spent two summers au pairing for American families, I was married to an American and since we met seven years ago, many of my friends were American too. I loved my American in-laws and was ready to raise my two kids as Americans. Yet my life as a stay-home-mother in the States is nothing like what I thought itíd be. The American mothers are different. Their parenting is different. Schools, birthday parties, even a day at the park is a whole different ball game. You donít just pop in for tea here. Ever. And you wouldnt be offered it anyway. My fellow mothers donít go to the pub. And they donít go for walks either. The food is different. Kidís food has its own category. Grocery shopping is overwhelming. I have been asked questions, like ĎWhere do you summer?í and ĎWhich designer do you most like to wear?í (while wearing Uggs and a top from Primark). The people I associate with here are the same as at home - middle class, college educated, young professionals with young children, living in the city Ė so why are they so different? I accept that what Iím writing is not representative of all Americans, or all of America, and I donít claim to be a sociologist. My blog is purely a record and insight of the personal experiences of a European mother living in a nice neighbourhood of a city in anywhere, USA.
I can speak English, german, french, irish
My birthday is on 11 August, I was born in 1976
art, blogging, photography
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