the parents and the expat

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It’s funny when roles reverse – in any sense really; girl / boy, doctor / patient, teacher / student but for me, the most interesting in recent days has been the parent / expat child reversal.

My entire life has seen my parents showing me the ropes. The ropes of life, of New Zealand, of travel, of cooking – basically of everything! Anyone half has lucky as I am will know exactly what I am talking about. Your parents are your guide, your safety net and your due north. When you move your life to the other side of the world you may be able to take those ropes with you but suddenly the ropes don’t seem to work the way they used to.

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