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29 November 2007

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This post is very meaningful to me as you know are children live far away from us............
How beautiful are all your thoughts.
I love you
Christmas Cheer all through the year is what you are to me.
Love Jeanne ^j^

I always think I shall truly speak French when I am able to think in French. With a house I always consider it home once I know exactly where all the light switches are in the dark !

this was a lovely post, corey, and one that i found personally meaningful. i've been living in sweden for 17 years, and while i love my adopted country the homesickness has never left me. like a bruise that has never gone away is exactly right. i thought it would get easier over the years, but surprisingly for me it's gotten harder. your post touched me.

I think I know what you mean, although I only lived abroad for a year. When I was in Germany, I had the most vivid dreams that I was at home and then when I came home, I had vivid dreams about being back in Germany. Still do, even though it's been over 30 years! One of my German professors here told me once that, because I was rather a quiet person in class, he sometimes wondered if I was truly understanding the language. His mind was set to rest when he realized I was laughing at the jokes!
By the way - I just love the door knobs! I've always loved unusual door knobs, but I've never seen any like those.

Your insights and the poetic way you express them never fail to draw a sigh of agreement and a smile. Loved the last two posts - again, thank you for sharing yourself this way.

While all of your posts are beautiful and thoughtful, this one was especially touching. I'm living in the US, where I was born, but in a state that just feels foreign to me. I've been unsettled and "rootless" but your post has helped a great deal toward examining my attitude - I hope to adopt a bit of it.

Thank you for the daily inspiration - I appreciate it.

So true Corey!

Oh my goodness Corey. You really touched my heart this morning.

Every word that you wrote is so true.

(Even though we've lived in the same house for 17 years, I feel as though we've lived in a new country for the past two years...every word is so true!)

What amazing insight you have, and beautiful and true words to convey that insight.

Thanks!

Well said Corey. Very inspiring, but it makes me think twice about ex-pat status. But hey...you never know ;)

I, too, loved this post. You have a way of conveying your heart to us that goes beyond words and pictures. It's as if your heart is connecting us. Wierd, but true. I've never lived in a foreign country but I did move to Texas, if you know what I mean. And I still very slightly understand what you're saying here. And yet, my heart understands. I can't really explain it. I wish you peace.

Having lived in Europe all over and in Japan as well as Canada and down south in the U.S. I can TOTALLY Understand what you mean. I would ask people just to talk about anything just so i could just listen!! Love the pics of the doorknockers (and the one odd key, too)

Bonjour Corey!
I know exactly how you feel. Having lived overseas most of my life, the customs, food and way of living here in the States were very awkward to me when we finally moved back. There is a dark spot in my heart that still yearns for cobblestone streets, sidewalk cafes, and street markets.
Ayez un jour joli!
~Abbie

When we lived in the Netherlands, I expected and was prepared for the big differences, but never got used to the small things like the doors opening opposite. I loved the American community there. It was easy to spot each other, everyone was eager to help the new arrivals and friendships didn't wait for someday.

Great post like always , it reminds me my expat life in New York state ..as you say you meet french poeple abroad who you will never meet in France ...
One of the small( big ) thing (in my amarican family) was to celebrate christmas on the 25th of December , here ,above all in Provence it is on the most important is on the 24th of december...

I've always admired you for living in a place that is completely and utterly foreign and sticking it out.

This year has been pretty hard for me since moving to Morocco. I wept for days when my sister gave birth (I didn't even see her pregnant.) It's been like living in this altered life where the one you used to live in has continued without you but you still catch glimpses of it from time to time. I'm truly thankful for the internet camera. Sometimes it feels like I'm sitting in my parent's living room just having an everyday chat. And of course they like it because they get to see the kids! It's sad to know that the homesickness might never really go away. I wish someone had told me that when we lived in Spain before. We went home thinking we were going to go right back to the way things were, but nothing was ever the same for us in the States.

Dear Corey,
Your post today is just so, beautiful, I hear
your heart speaking through the letters on the
pages. I loved seeing you through them. Thank
you for sharing Pinkie Denise

Hi Corey,
I so admire your courage!!
You are an amazing woman.
I strive to be more like you.
Rosemary

Very good thoughts. Separation can be more than a matter of geography, it can be through time. I feel that I have two homes-- one in the past and one in the present. Christmas always reminds of this fact.

I so adore your blog Corey! I lived in Belgium for a year and you so eloquently put words to my soul. Reading your blog makes me homesick for my foreign home but that's a good thing because as you said; "it's another place within myself." Merci! -Alisa

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