Let’s call him Frenchie.

Frenchie is pretty cool. He seems a little quiet, but I suppose I would be to if I were moving in with a family in a country with whose language I was only somewhat familiar. He brought us all little presents. My mom loves him already.

Here’s some of the cute shit he said today:

  1. “Everything is big in the U.S.! The cars, the homes, the roads.”
  1. Keanu – “Let’s play FIFA later!” Frenchie – “I kill you.”
  1. When trying a slurpee for the first time – “Is very good.”
  1. Thank you.

He has said thank you about a million times. Oh French boys. You are so darn cute.

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It is so important to broaden one’s cultural horizons. SO IMPORTANT. Your cultural horizons broaden when you become more open, more aware, more understanding of another person’s way of life. It happens when you travel. It happens when you learn a new language. It happens when you invite a foreign student to live with you in your home. Worldly people are more grateful, more tolerant, more intelligent, wiser, and simply happier than those who do not actively seek ways to broaden their cultural horizons. They are risk takers, they are willing to try new things. They have a broader world view: They see the big picture in everyday life.

Through this experience, I hope that my family and I will gain a new appreciation for our way of life. Hopefully this experience will remind us that even though our everyday life may seem redundant, boring, and unexotic, to another person living half a world away, it is a totally new and exciting way of life. We might even end up grateful for our exotic, suburban life.

And that would truly be a blessing.

À bientôt!

Written by Catherine Goetze

Catherine Goetze www.cathincollege.com Find me on social media! Facebook: www.facebook.com/cathincollege Twitter: @catherinegoetze Instagram: @catherinegoetze SnapChat: @catherinegoetze Contact me: cathincollege@gmail.com

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