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04/17/2006

About Alejandra wanting to go back to Germany

Now, most parents want to hang on to their kids as long as possible. Especially mothers, since we feel like children are actually just another part of our body, now matter how old they are.

But most parents also know that they will have to let their children go, sooner or later. We try our best to educate them, make them strong and able to take care of themselves. And then, when they feel strong enough, and able to take care of themselves, we start wishing they would be a little weaker for a little longer.

My daughter didn't want to move to the USA. And she still doesn't want to be here. She has her mind set on moving back to Germany, Munich, Neuperlach - as soon as school's out. I wish she would at least finish highschool here, then maybe go to college in Germany, but she doesn't want to do that.

Why would my daughter want to go back to Germany?

  • public transportation takes her anywhere
  • she may drink a beer or two in a bar
  • with parents' consent, she can legally live on her own
  • all her friends are there
  • her dad lives there
  • university is (almost) free

Why do I think she should stay in the USA for at least one more year?

  • she would be done with highschool two years earlier
  • she could get a driver's license right now
  • school is a lot easier here, her grades are way better
  • moneywise she'd be better off staying with me
  • she can't get into bars before she is 21
  • building a future is easier in the USA than in Germany

Since I have always been a strong supporter of letting everybody live their own life (and make their own mistakes), I now have to face the consequences and let my daughter go thru with her plans. So, after long talks about the pros and cons, I decided to let her go (still hoping she'll change her mind).

 

08:20 Posted in Opinions | Permalink | Comments (2)

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Hören sie sich "Wild World" von Cat Stevens an, wenn es so weit ist. Man kann so schön dazu heulen.

Webwalker

Now that I've lost everything to you
You say you want to start something new
and it's breaking my heart you're leaving, baby i'm grieving
But if you wanna leave take good care
Hope you have a lot of nice things to wear
But then a lot of nice things turn bad out there
Oh baby baby it's a wild world
It's hard to get by just upon a smile
Oh baby baby it's a wild world
I'll always remember you like a child, girl
You know i've seen a lot of what the world can do
And it's breaking my heart in two
'Cause I never ant to see you sad girl, don't be a bad girl
But if you want to leave take good care
Hope you make a lot of nice friends out there
But just remember there's a lot of bad
and beware, beware
Oh baby baby it's a wild world
It's hard to get by just upon a smile
Oh baby baby it's a wild world
I'll always remember you like a child, girl
Baby i love you, but if you wanna leave take good care
Hope you make a lot of nice friends out there
But just remember there's a lot of bad
And beware, beware
Oh baby baby it's a wild world
It's hard to get by just upon a smile
Oh baby baby it's a wild world
I'll always remember you like a child, girl

Posted by: webwalker | 04/17/2006

Ja, das Lied finde ich auch sehr schön. Aber, keine Angst, ich werde nicht heulen wenn meine Tochter auszieht. Ich werde furchtbar stolz auf sie sein, wenn sie auf eigenen Beinen steht.

Und insgeheim werde ich froh sein, daß ich dann 5 Waschladungen pro Woche weniger zu erledigen habe ;-))
und 4 Teller, 6 Gläser, 8 Messer und 10 Löffel täglich weniger zum abspülen.

Posted by: Karin | 04/17/2006

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