We’re at the part of our life here in Germany where culture shock should really be rearing it’s ugly head in the form of us really disliking Germany. The good news is that we’re really happy here! That doesn’t mean we’re not experiencing culture shock, though. We know that a certain amount of the extreme stress we often feel even doing relatively simple activities springs directly out of culture shock. We hope you’ll be in prayer for us as we continue to find our way in a foreign place, even one we love.
Brandy and I are excited to have returned to language school this week. Many of you know, we completed a four week course a few months after our arrival, only to have the school cancel our follow-on classes. In the intervening time, I’ve been doing construction work on our new offices (a barn being converted into an office building). This is WAY outside my gifting, but it has been a great lesson for me. If you haven’t already, take a look at our latest newsletter for how God has been at work there. Brandy has been investing her time getting involved in a local Bible Study, and really working to find a good routine for our family here.
Do you remember Calvin and Hobbes? Do you remember the one where he had to take school pictures? Can we say, Isaac is a fan?
When asked the question, “Who’s the prettiest girl in school?”, Isaac replies “Ahh! Come On…Brittany….Brittany is at school” Isaac is the sweetest brother in the world. And when asked “What do you love about Germany?”, he said “The Currywurst, the Ferraris, the Lamborghinis, the Fussball, the Schnitzel, the Doners [Doner Kebaps are a type of Turkish sandwhich which can be almost like a lamb burrito. Sounds weird, but they’re really good.]”. In other words Isaac is your typical 11 year old boy, he is fascinated by fast cars, Sports, and yummy food. 🙂
Brittany says (sung to a vague Yankee Doodle tune (there’s too many syllables)), “I’m a little bitty social faux pas!” Sometimes that’s what it’s like in a new culture. Sorta like nothing you can do or say is socially or culturally correct or even the slightest bit acceptable. But it’s so fun too, lot’s of fun stories are to be made! Because BFA is located here in Kandern, most of the natives are used to having us around. We are what keep the local grocery store in business, so they tolerate us; and we aren’t quite the usual, run-of-the-mill, evil teenagers so we try to make that a little easier for them… most of the time. Some have even dusted off the English they learned back in school, and try to speak to us in English. (Funny thing is, their English is just as terrible as most of our German, but neither party wants to give up the chance to speak a new language, so they speak really bad English and we speak really bad German, and things get accomplished, eventually…) However, every once in a while, after a long day in school some of us crack and it’s immediately apparent we aren’t German teenagers… we laugh too loudly walking down the street [Germans do not make loud noises in public -Ed], this earns us funny looks and side-glances, that make us laugh even harder, or we stand outside the local clothing store trying on all the hats, or… well, we’re silly third culture kids with imaginations… you get the picture, yes? 🙂 Life is good. Sehr Gut.”
Faith says, “Once upon a time I was born, but when we moved to Connecticut it was much funner. And I started school a little later and then at the middle of school I saw a bunny. We stayed in CT for 40 weeks. So then we went to Boston to the airport, we got on the plane, we waited a while for it to start, and then FINALLY it started. And then once we got off the ground Mommy celebrated with chocolate, it was a little weird. We stayed up a long time and then I went to sleep for two hours…I don’t know how though. And then we got off the plane and we rode on a bus. And then we waited and waited and walked until we went on the other plane. And then we took off again and we landed and we got off the plane and the Meyers picked us up.
“Now we’ve been here for almost six months. In Germany now, it started with the mosquitos. And then I started looking like I had chicken pox. And then yesterday and today, Nov 7 &8. Well, the day before yesterday, I pulled out my 8th tooth. And then yesterday, I got a new book that’s German and English so I can learn more German because I can already speak a little German. Since we’re staying home a while and in the afternoon we’re working, what I want to do is play the play station with my mom. And that makes a happily ever after. THE END! Bye, see you tomorrow.”