Saturday, May 22, 2010
Something else I love besides XP-PS: Friends Who Don’t Forget You. This was my real topic when I started today’s blog entry. One of the things Mr. Big’s company required us to do before we moved, was to have a “consultation” with a trainer/psychologist who specialized in ex-pat acclimatization. (That is a very hard word to spell.) This was the BIGGEST WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY EVER. Seriously. The numb-nuts guy who was assigned to us had never spent a moment outside of Cleveland, Ohio and, maybe, if I’m being generous, Detroit Ever. And he was supposed to make me feel OK about moving to Switzerland. Puhleez. American Corporate Waste Of Money. Par for the course. OK, whatever, I have learned to go with the flow. I was really craving some good, solid, specific, information (about procuring bleach and brown sugar and how to throw away a broken lawn chair!) and what I got was a bunch of drivel on acclimating and my FEELINGS and whatnot. DUDE! STOP! Have you ever been to Switzerland? And if the answer is no, then go “help” someone else! Because you don’t have a flippin’ clue! Go curl up in your Lazy-Boy, click on your ESPN, buy your chips and beer at Walmart and try not to think about me here in the land where THERE IS HORSE MEAT ON THE SHELF IN THE GROCERY STORE! Anyway, I’ll never forget one thing he said to us.
“Mr. and Mrs. Big”.
“If I cannot stress one thing enough, it is this. You need to make new friends in Switzerland because your old friends will eventually forget you.”
BTW, if you want to link directly from this blog to Facebook, my tech-savvy sister has installed the “like” button up on the top left of this screen. It will take you directly to the Trailing Spouse Blog page on Facebook. Bonne weekend! Trailing Spouse