Social “Security”

Cynthia:  That was quite a Cinco de Mayo Housewarming Fiesta we attended over the weekend, huh?

Edd:  I’ll say.

Beautiful hacienda in the mountains overlooking the city.

Lots of people.

Great entertainment.

Muchas margaritas.

Our hosts even flew a chef in from the U.S. to prepare fabulous food.

(Yes, readers, it was that kind of party!)

C:  I was chatting with the chef and he said something interesting. He commented that he’s, of course, done a lot of events and this kind of party wasn’t possible in the States.

E:  What did he mean–“this kind of party?” I’m sure there were a ton of Cinco de Mayo celebrations going on back home.

C:  Not the theme. He was so impressed with what he called the “connection” of us all. How much we truly cared for one another. He said the positive energy throughout the house was almost palpable.

E:  You know, we’ve lived abroad so long I guess we sometimes take insights like that for granted. But he’s right. In the “old days” our relationships were 1) less numerous and 2) generally more superficial. Gosh, as much as you and I have been hunkered down lately with our work it was great to catch up with lots of locals and expats we haven’t seen in awhile. And to meet some nice new folks as well.

C:  I feel the same way. Since we’re not “out there” like we used to be it’s easy to forget what a blessing that aspect of expat life is–to be surrounded by such a wonderful, caring, supportive group of friends.

E:  And that includes restaurant owners–the lady at the dry cleaners –Julia behind the deli counter in the grocery store. They all greet us like family whenever we see them. Through our research before moving to Ecuador we knew what to expect with the cost of living, the weather, and lots of other finite information. Wouldn’t you agree the biggest surprise of moving abroad has been what you just described so beautifully?

C:  Absolutely. Our social network has enriched our lives beyond any expectation. It’s definitely been the icing on the cake along with all the other positive reasons we chose to move overseas.

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  1. Joyce Barton

    You are so fortunate to be with caring friends. Here in the States there is always a separation, with that one function keeping us apart the “I am better than you”. It may be the college attended or the careers held in a past life or your golf score. This causes a distance that is very hard to breech. Expats are children of the world and can see past the “I am better quotient”. They see the big picture and what is truly important, and what life is all about.

    1. Edd and Cynthia Staton

      Wow, Joyce, for a “non-expat” you really nailed it. The superficiality you describe really doesn’t exist here. Not that life abroad is everybody holding hands and singing “Kumbaya,” but labels and past successes don’t mean much.

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