Preparations for returning to the States for the next 6 months are underway. I love that we live in a world where I can find an apartment, sign a contract for it, make payments, and change over utility bills all without making a single phone call. As part of my preparations I am starting to mentally prep for living in the States again. I hear that reverse culture shock is real and though I know I can’t avoid it, I can at least start thinking through the differences in my life here verses the states. As I was going through my mental list I realized that there is a lot of stuff that I consider normal that just isn’t normal in my home country. So, I thought I would share my list.
In the states:
- People won’t talk to my baby while he’s breastfeeding. Here they go as far as pinching his cheeks while he’s trying to eat.
- People might want me to cover up while breastfeeding. Breasts are so not a sexual thing here, so no one really cares if you cover up or they tell you not to cover up because the baby is hot.
- People won’t tell me I’ve gained weight, gotten fat, or added kilos…. WOO HOO!
- I can drink out of the tap. I currently have gut reactions when I see people getting a glass of water from the tap in movies.
- Fruit and veg will be available all seasons. Very very weird!
- What’s on the menu will be on the menu. I have become so used to choosing 4 different things from the menu then going down the list with the wait staff till we find something they have in the kitchen.
- There will be more than 3 restaurants to choose from.
- I have to stop at stop signs and the stop signs will be at intersections instead of non-existent or 20 yards before an intersection
- They’re called crosswalks, not zebra crossings
- I won’t have to have a “guy” to get something done.
- I won’t have to provide tools in order for the plumber, carpenter or yard guy to do his job.
- The grocery store will have a wide selection, will restock if they run out of something and will not be selling expired items
- It isn’t common to get a monthly stomach virus, parasite or bug
- Stores will be different from one to the next and will not carry the same 10 things.
- I can eat fresh, uncooked foods without fear
- Food might have taken longer than a day to get to my plate
- Avocados and mushrooms will not be bigger than my head, but onions and tomatoes might actually be larger than my big toe