I’ve been away from Lebanon for 8 years now. That’s a long time. That’s almost a third of my life. It’s strange because the longer I stay away, the more I miss it, and the more I go back, the more I feel like a misfit.
This is an excerpt from the book “Life as a Leb-neh lover” by Kathy Shalhoub. Kathy turned her blog into a book. I still haven’t finished the book, but I can tell you that it’s a very nice read so far, it’s easy, and “arib lal alb”, and it has many stories which the reader can identify with.
In this book, Kathy talks about various stories, these stories are based on blog posts. The end result is usually you not getting bored, because there is always something new. Something else I like about her, is how down to earth and honest she is, and you can notice this from paragraph 1.
The Daily Thought
Kathy talks about her Lebanese identity, and is worried whether her kids are going to lose it, if she raises them abroad. What will her kids be? she asks.
I guess this is a question that is on the mind of most expatriates all the time. And definitely on the minds of the Lebanese who wouldn’t leave Lebanon.
As a resident Lebanese all my life, I feel like a misfit on many occasions as well. But we learn to adapt, to accept certain things the way they are, and work on improving the things that have room for improvement.
Now I ask you
How do you feel as an expat?
p.s. And thanks to Turning Point Books for suggesting this book for us to read, and sending it to us as well.