If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? In the book The Expats, my most current online book club selection, the main character’s family decides to move to Europe for business.
I have to admit, strolling the streets of Rome, London, or Paris sounds exciting. How about Sydney or Hong Kong or Barcelona or … the possibilities seem endless! It would be fun to walk to the market every morning for fresh food to cook for dinner. And how cute are kids who speak with an accent? It would be a great experience for all of us to learn more about how the world works firsthand.
But then I think about the drawbacks. I am used to living in my American, suburban house and I don’t know that I would want to move my 4, soon-to-be 5 children into a city apartment. Deciding what to take and what to get rid of…moving away from the only culture we know…these things would be hard. But most of all, I don’t think we could move away from our families. We see them often, and we are all very close. It would be heartbreaking for us, the grandparents, and the children to be separated by an ocean!
No, I think we will stay here. And for our exciting look at other cultures, we will continue to read all different kinds of books. But I am hoping that someday we will be able to take our kids to see some of the exciting things around the world. If Rich keeps on traveling for business at the pace he’s been doing, we are sure to have lots of frequent flyer miles to use!
This post was inspired by mystery thriller novel The Expats by Chris Pavone. Kate Moore sheds happily sheds her old life become a stay at home mom when her husband takes a job in Europe. As she attempts to reinvent herself, she ends up chasing her evasive husband’s secrets. Join From Left to Write on January 22 as we discuss The Expats As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.