No, not literally growing moss but I certainly feel like this blog has moss growing around the edges.
The little part-time job has expanded to be not-so-part-time due to the fact that a co-worker had to take an emergency leave. I hope she's back soon because I need some time to spend in my sewing room. The Farmer's recent health emergency has also taken it's toll on both of us. The thing about being older is that it takes longer to bounce back!
Truck sitting so long it has plants growing in the truck bed.
There's a young woman at work who is an immigrant, only in this country 4 years. She's happy that we're very curious about the cultural differences and are asking questions about the hardest part of her adjustment. We shower with questions dailly and I'm glad that she realizes we're not nosy but truly want to understand her culture and what makes her tick.
Recently I asked her, "What is the number one thing that stands out for you about Americans?"
I wonder about this because you never know how you come across to people, either as a person or as a culture in general. Americans sometimes get the rap of being spoiled, materialistic, lazy and lots of other negatives. I know her well enough to know that she would respond honestly to the question. If we're spoiled, she'd say it!
She did not hesitate with responding, "Americans are strong!"
Really? That's not what I was expecting. Unfortunately, customers came in and we were busy so I couldn't ask her to elaborate. She left early and I've been left to ponder her answer for a few days.
What would strong look like in her context? I was reminded of the experiences of a friend of mine who has been traveling and working overseas for a couple of years. She is stymied by the other culture's inability to take action. They sit around and discuss everything until they cover every possible angle and contingency. It takes FOREVER to do anything. My friend said the number one thing she misses in these siutations is the American MacGuyverism, the willingness to dive and and get started. She tries to impress on these people that you need to spend time thinking and discussing, formulating a plan and then DIVE IN. The original plan can be adjusted as you go along but you must get started!
I think what my co-worker is referring to is American self-reliancy, kind of the pioneer spirit. She comes from a culture that is heavily family-based and rarely do they make a move without checking everything with their family. I'm not talking about immediate family, spouse and children, I'm saying they do not make a move without parental approval, even if they're 40 years old.
What do you think might make Americans seem strong through the eyes of another culture?
It's something interesting to think about.