Thursday, May 21, 2015

On being home

A couple of weeks ago, The Frau went to see a Young Naperville Singers concert. The theme? To be home.

As devoted yodelers know, The Frau has struggled with the concept of home for a long time. As an expatriate and repatriate, she often floats between two or more places and divides her heart accordingly.

The Frau sang with The Young Naperville singers for nine years of her childhood. She was the first child to ever audition for the choir back in 1984.

Anyway, in that auditorium on May 3, as the children sang, The Frau felt something amazing. She felt like she was home. The music, the children, the theme. Many of the songs were about Ireland, about travel, and about finding home. It was beautiful. And timely.

The Frau almost cried.

Which brings us to Bakers Square. It’s one of those family chain restaurants with so-so food but a welcoming atmosphere for all ages that includes crayons and a $3 children’s menu for Toddler M and a buffet of American classics like roast beef and mashed potatoes for Mother-In-Law and Great Aunt.

Anyway, the so-called seniors in The Frau’s family wanted to go there yesterday. For dinner. At 4 p.m. Because yes. Some people eat dinner that early in America.

Anyway. Bakers Square is not a place The Frau would choose, but it’s a place she used to go every week during her childhood because her grandfather loved it.

The food, again, was so-so, but the experience was wonderful. Toddler M was laughing with her grandma and great aunt. The Frau was relaxed since Grandma and Great Aunt had taken care of Toddler M for the afternoon. And so The Frau must admit: in this horribly lit American chain restaurant with a sticky table and so-so food, once again, she felt like she was home.

Have you found "home" in unexpected places?


Jenni said...

Please tell me you had pie!

Jenni said...

Please tell me you had pie!

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Hattie said...

Yes. I know exactly what you mean. At some basic level, America is very democratic.

Liisa Walker-Lawrence said...

I just read your article on the Democrats Abroad Facebook page, 7 Ways Living in Switzerland Ruined America For Me.
Bravo! We moved to the UK in February 2007 for a 2 1/2 year Temporary Living Adventure. Nearly 9 years later, we own a home, are citizens and fully integrated into live in England. We anticipate moving back to the Western Suburbs of Chicago late next year, part time. My husband already has the green light to continue his London job from Chicago 50/50. At that time, we will consider ourselves Expats of the UK and know we have a huge adjustment to make. Your article hit all the notes! I will be reading your blog now. I find it funny you refer to yourself as Frau, my sons have been calling me that for some time now. Quite the family joke. Keep writing, I'll keep reading! Have a good day! Liisa Lawrence

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