Thursday, July 09, 2015

The Tiny American



One of the first things people ask us when we tell them we live in Taiwan is, "how does Z like it?" My answer...."he's great!"


The Tiny American celebrating Chinese New Year
Z doesn't know any different.  We moved to Texas when he was only a few weeks old and the first year of his life we travelled the 5 hours back and forth to Oklahoma ALOT!  He had a room in Oklahoma and he had a room in Texas.  He easily adapted to sleeping in a hotel or someone else's house when we travelled to other places.   He is a goer, relaxed and flexible.  He flew for the first time when he was only 4 months old and had logged 10 flights by the time we went international. 


Moving to our new house in Texas


Sleeping in another hotel


View of his new city

When we decided to move to Taiwan of course I worried about how he would adjust.  But I knew he would and he has.  We laugh that unlike most almost 2 year olds vocabulary Z's includes words like airplane, airport, suitcase, and passport.  




Depending on how long we stay (there is always differing ideas on this) he may or may not have solid memories of this experience but it is shaping him into the person he will grow up to be. There are some things I hope he takes away from this adventure.

I hope he is never afraid to follow his dreams.  Geography is just that, don't let it keep you from doing something. 




Take chances, what is the worst thing that can happen?  And taking chances often leads you to discover new things and maybe things you didn't even know you wanted.


The beach in Hulien

Be flexible.  This one is so important and something that I have had to learn to do here....I can't always find exactly what I want or need for a project.  I can't always do things as quickly and easily as I can back in the States, but I am learning to be flexible.  I make other things work and have discovered that there is more than one way to do things. 

Don't be afraid to try new things. Sometimes it's scary, sometimes it's gross, but sometimes it pays off and you find something new that you like to do or eat or  you make a new friend.
Not everyone is the same. I think this is one of the most important things he can learn from living different places. 
There is beauty everywhere. I hope that he learns from us to look for the beauty in everything not just what he sees immediately or on the outside. 



Enjoying the surf in Malaysia

Hanging out with Daddy
 So far he is super flexible.  He is rarely afraid and he has never met a stranger.  He is almost always happy and eager to go!  I hope that through our example we can teach him to live life to it's fullest and to give back to whatever community he is living in.




Seychelles Mama

17 comments:

  1. This is gorgeous, such a lovely post I really enjoyed it!! I think living as an expat definitely teaches you so many of these lovely lessons you are talking about here!
    Thank you for sharing with #myexpatfamily :)

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    1. Thank you for hosting such a fun link up....i always look forward to reading everyone's post!

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  2. Such a lovley read! Z's travelling and adaptive nature is impressive! #myexpatfamily

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    1. Thanks! We think he is pretty cool!!

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  3. What lovely photos! I think children DO get something from living overseas/in a new culture even if they leave before they will have memories. I have a theory that their brains will be making so many more connections than the average child they all grow up to be super brainy!

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    1. I like that theory. Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. You have such a lovely little boy, beautiful, adaptable and just downright cute! Memories are funny things, I remember the second house I lived in (moved at 9 months and left at about 2 years) and every home since although I have no strong narrative memory until 3 years old, my sister has impressions but no strong memories before the age of 6. Whether he remembers your posting or not he will grow up to be super adaptable!

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    1. Thank you! I also have memories from as early as 2....I think he will have some and he will have plenty of pictures to fill in the gap, LOL.

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  5. Beautiful photos Laura. He is really on an adventure. I agree with you and hope my little Ava can come away with all of those lovely life lessons. x

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  6. This is a beautiful post Laura. Z will truly gain so much from his experiences :-)

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  7. This is an absolutely beautiful post, gorgeous words and photos. I do hope that our move has given my children a wider view of the world, and the fact that we have always travelled, wherever our base has been, is something that I think is important and beneficial for them.

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  8. Thanks for stopping by. A "wider view" I like the way that sounds.

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  9. I think it's a great way to teach your child to be flexible and adapt easily to any circumstances. I'm sure it will help him out a lot in the future.
    I have a section, Tiny Travellers, where I share stories of other expats about benefits of traveling with kids. I hope you don't mind, if I repost it there?

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  10. Of course i don't mind if you repost. Thanks!!

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  11. This is a delightful post to read! Your little guy sounds like he's doing so well. As do you. You can never really know how one particular lifestyle or another will affect kids - my brother and I reacted totally differently to moving as children - so although their personality plays a part so does your own attitude. I love that you're focusing on all these amazing lessons you're both learning!

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