Today’s guest post was provided by Younger Daughter. I’m cheating with this one, because she wrote it for a school assignment shortly after we moved back to Canada. I like seeing our family’s expat story from an 11-year-old’s perspective, even though it’s slightly out of whack in places. (I loved the stores in Singapore? Um, really? And unless you count knowing how to order restaurant meals and buy soccer tickets, we most definitely did not all become fluent in French. I’m looking at you, Chef Boyardee.)
We Became Expats
When I was 6 years old, my family was eating dinner and my dad announced something to us: he had been offered a promotion. Instead of smiling and laughing like he should have, my dad had a serious face. I still remember it clearly. My sister and I were confused. My dad continued, telling my sister and me that he would get this promotion on one condition. One BIG condition. That we would pack up everything in Canada and fly 15,000 km across the world to Singapore.
My sister and I didn’t understand what Singapore was since we were so young, and my dad explained that Singapore was very far away from Canada. We all agreed to move there on a 1-year contract. So we boarded the plane, ready for the 26 hour ride.
We all loved it in Singapore, my dad loved his job, my mom loved the scenery and the stores, and my sister and I loved our school. The year ended in no time, and my dad came home very happy, he was offered a longer term contract to stay in Singapore for 2 more years! We all agreed very quickly, but we missed our family back home.
When it was time to go back to Canada, my dad got offered ANOTHER promotion, but this time we had to move to Bordeaux, France. It looked like it was going to be a while until we went back to Canada. France was much harder to adapt to because of the language. Having to go to school in French and meeting French speaking people was a huge challenge for us. Even though our time in France was short, we all became fluent in French. We finally moved back to Canada in 2007, happy to be home after 5 years.