I’ve been wanting to share with you guys about Around the World Stories for a long time. Around the World Stories are created by an amazing world-traveling family that then takes their experiences and creates stories that my kids completely devour. But more on that later…
Here’s the thing with studying world cultures: it’s not about a “lesson” for me. Knowing more about other cultures, to me, means knowing more about the world we live in.
When we lived in North Carolina, my two best friends also lived down the street from me. (How lucky was I, right!?) One friend was born and raised in the mountains of NC, which was a whole new world to this South Dakota girl. The other mama friend was from Germany and had lived there until the year before. She had married a soldier in the U.S. Army and they were stationed in Asheville for three years. (They’re now living in South Korea–during the Olympics, no less!!) Having Karina down the street from me was such a blessing. 1) She was an amazing friend and 2) she shared so much about her life in Germany with our family!
Both of these friends shared food they grew up making with their grandmothers–or Meemaws and Omas.
They taught us traditions and special events, like Friday night Drum Circles downtown or Oktoberfest.
Miranda and Karina taught us the lingo, like buggies (shopping carts) and shatzee (like “sweetheart” or “my treasure” in German).
Being close with amazing people from other places than I was used to opened my eyes to whole new worlds–and to my kids as well. These are “lessons” that can’t be taught in school–it’s just life and being open to new and different things.
And that is why I love Around the World Stories–it opens doors into different cultures and those stories paired with life experiences makes for all sorts of gorgeous dots being connected….