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When we met in Ireland, he didn’t realize how completely common I am in my home country… The interesting thing for me is this: my non-Latvian husband has taught me that I’m Latvian in ways I didn’t even realize. If every marriage is, in a way, the meeting of two cultures, getting to know that other culture also teaches you about yours.
I’m a Latvian married to an American, but I’m an American, too, so I’m not exactly married to a foreigner. I think my brother-in-law put it best at our wedding, when all the Latvians sang me and Joe a folk song and then the brother-in-law said, “You know how people say you marry not just a person, but their family, too? But he’s at least somewhat supportive of it, and we dye our Easter eggs in onion skins every spring.
I still can’t cook a steak properly, and he still doesn’t get the concept of eating rice with the little side dish at the same time, instead of separately!
🙂 Also, to quote Daina, with a slight modification: dating him has “…taught me that I’m Asian in ways I didn’t even realize.” So true! And that’s another nice thing–that intermixing–it helps the following generation too. My youngest granddaughter has blond hair and lovely golden skin. It is nice to be able to argue in front of other people without any of them understanding you, isn’t it?
Whether they grow up on a farm, in the city, poor or rich, they just have an air of sophistication about them. ) Reply That is so funny about your American husband who doesn’t find “the Latvian thing fascinating”!
(The cloth diapering decision was super easy for us, too!
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I finally have an excuse to indulge in that high quality chocolate (the kind that melts in your mouth like nothing else in the world) that he can’t live without! Especially after our children arrived, things got really challenging (and it wasn’t the decision of whether to use cloth or disposable – that decision was the easiest: ! Corey Heller is the founder of Multilingual Living and the Editor-In-Chief/Publisher of Multilingual Living Magazine.
We would like the girls to have both passports which will give them the opportunity to be able to choose where they want to attend university and live. Reply A family that shares two cultures, two languages and two lifestyles is just so rich!
Ok, sometimes this can be completely annoying since every vacation abroad is filled with visiting his family but hey, at least I have a reason to board the plane and it is great not to have to cook and clean for a month. Our children will speak another language and we won’t have to pay an expensive tutor. ) but the for getting family and friends together twice is fantastic! If you do not agree with these terms and conditions, please do not use this website. I think I married the ONE American who doesn’t find the Latvian thing fascinating, exotic or especially worthwhile!
But in time we did become fascinated with one another’s cultures (even if not always for good reasons).
I can totally relate to what you say about your non-Latvian husband teaching you about how truly Latvian you are.