Wednesday 19 September 2018

Traversée du désert

No way has it been over a year since I last posted in here!

Why have I not written anything in over a year about the kids' linguistic progress, or mine, or our ever-evolving cultural identities?

Maybe because our youngest is three and it feels like we've written about this phase in the past. Been there, done that.

That's not true though. I could easily have written about:
my struggles with dative and genitive in German,
or how it is impossible to learn German in Switzerland,
or how English is clearly the mother tongue of the only one of our four children who was NOT born in the UK,
or how it feels to be living in a place where speaking three or more languages is the norm etc
The truth is I have had a busy and stressful year, with BK1 starting high school, BK3 starting primary school, BK4 starting Spielgruppe, an eye operation for me, health worries for family members, the death of a close family member, in addition to work and the daily grind of looking after a household of six.

I am a worrier at the best of times, and all these changes and events have been taking a toll on me, it seems, on my time, my energy, and my health.

So why break the silence now? Maybe in my quest for feeling better, I want to reconnect with myself and with others.

So, I will try to post more often, if anyone still reads. Actually, I might post regardless of whether anyone else reads or not. I'll do it for the same reason we started the blog, for our own records.

And if anyone else finds it remotely interesting or funny, then great!

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