Tag Archives: Ways of life

Dealing with cultural shibboleths, or so it ‘ap-pears’

My husband and I were coming home from church the other day and discussing groceries (yes, right now our lives revolve around such exciting topics as these! Those with young babies will understand … ). “This was the first time … Continue reading

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‘Mommy’ vs. ‘Mummy’ and other familial terms of respect

Maybe it’s a little too soon to be thinking about it (since my adorable daughter has yet to speak a single coherent word), but how is she going to address me once she grows older? In America we use “Mom” … Continue reading

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How to celebrate a newborn baby across cultures

As promised, here’s a little how-to guide for announcing the birth of a multicultural baby across different parts of the world and what to expect! Announcements: Phone calls (Africa), emails (U.S.), Facebook (everyone) It was amazing to see the different … Continue reading

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The day I saw a talking, motivational weigh scale

Would you want a weigh scale that actually talks to you? Apparently people in Dubai do, going so far as to stamp inspirational messages on their weigh scales. I started giggling when my husband and I passed through this Middle … Continue reading

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What’s the most exotic fruit you’ve ever eaten?

I’ve said before that if you’re an adventurous eater, multicultural marriage may be just right for you. Seriously. OK, perhaps not so seriously, but especially if you’re marrying into another culture with its own food traditions, it’s something to consider. … Continue reading

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Why anniversaries are such beautiful things …

Recently my husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary. In the grand scheme of things, our married life is only a few years old and we have so much more to learn. On the other hand, I find myself already … Continue reading

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How to bargain even if you hate it

I’ve mentioned before how much I dislike bargaining and haggling┬áin any form. Well, a recent incident at a comfortable grocery story on a routine shopping trip showed me how much my outlook has changed … and I think a lot … Continue reading

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How to cut air travel costs to visit multicultural family

We’ve been making plans to visit some of our relatives who live outside the United States, but flying has been rather expensive lately. After lots of exhaustion and research, we’ve discovered some ways to cut costs and wanted to share … Continue reading

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Time to rail against ‘time’

One of my early childhood presents was a watch. I loved that watch. I felt so grown-up strapping it to my wrist, checking it just like my parents did, and that all-important feeling when I would ask aloud, “What time … Continue reading

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Dining: Table or no table?

The dining table is a sight of immense satisfaction to me. Some of my earliest childhood memories involve staring over my sippie cup at all the faces around the table. In time┬áI grew to recognize the faces: my dad, my … Continue reading

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