As I was packing last week for our summer in the States, I was pulling out clothes that I hadn’t worn in three years and trying them on to see if they still fit. I put on a skirt that I used to wear all the time. Not super short, but definitely above the knee… and I felt so naked! It was such a strange feeling!
It got me thinking about all the mindset switches we’d need to make coming to the States after three years in Lebanon.
– Flip flops are appropriate footwear… always!
– See an old friend? Don’t go in for the kiss!
– Strange men kissing and taking pictures of Isla… not okay. Also, eating candy from strangers is probably not the best idea either.
– No cash, no problem…. just pull out the debit card.
– Traffic laws are meant to be obeyed.
– Hoarding is not necessary… if it’s in the grocery store today, it will probably still be there in a week, so no need to buy every jar of applesauce (or chai, or canned pumpkin, or…) on the shelf.
– If the sticker says the cucumbers are 50 cents each…. then the cucumbers are actually 50 cents each.
– If meeting friends for dinner at 6pm… it’s pretty rude to show up at 7.
– Blinking my eyes hard isn’t communicating what I think it is (“yes”).
– If I want to watch a YouTube video, no need to wash all the dishes while waiting for it to load. (Instant gratification! Wow!)