I guess I've started looking back on those times because I've been reading some blogs of a few ladies who have just arrived to Mexico in the past few years. I see how they long for American products or gadgets you just can't find here. I can remember feeling like that. I once had my mother send me croutons and chocolate chips. That sounds funny now, especially since you can find them in the grocery store these days. I guess I just don't go looking for things that aren't here anymore. At one point I decided that I would make do with what is available. There are still a few things my mom sends me. Socks for my boys or magazines. If she comes for a visit I will order clothes for them online, since they are cheaper. I also still get a few things from people (mainly chocolate :) if they happen to ask me and are going to the States. But I don't pine away after stuff anymore. I guess it's part of the long process of making Mexico home.
June 24, 2011
Lately I've been thinking back to when I first moved here permanently after I got married. I think about how lonely I was and how much I wanted friends who I felt would understand me, as an American. It was pretty tough at times. I tried to make friends but I felt like an outsider, like I couldn't truly connect with people. Looking back I can clearly see I was depressed, but at the time I just kept feeling like if I tried a bit harder, life would get better. During that time I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and getting on medicine helped a bit. I also began working at a language school and made friends with a girl who I am still friends with. Knowing her and feeling understood helped me more than she will ever know. We are still friends and have children that are months apart. I am so thankful for her friendship!
Posted by Karen at 9:18 AM