And so it begins…the story of our Expat friendship that started on Facebook. Michelle and I have added to our little group with the addition of Frances (the Irish Lassie), Lisa (Southern Belle), and Kristin (California Girl) For whatever reason, our paths have crossed and I couldn’t be more grateful. We are the Fab Five!
What is the definition of an “Expat Wife” anyway? There is not an official definition that I could find, but here is my personal simplified definition. Expat Wife – A woman left to figure out a new country because her spouse is traveling for work. For some, this would be the ultimate new adventure. For others, sadly the final straw in an already faltering marriage. Luckily, none of us are in the latter category.
Our friendships developed quickly. We bonded instantly over husbands travel schedules, kids adjusting to a new, more rigorous school, the struggles of getting a bank account, weighing the pros and cons of getting a helper, the list goes on. When you have no family or husbands around, these ladies become your lifeline.
Now, we don’t have all the “drama” of a Real Housewives tv show, but we definitely have stories to tell and some to cherish forever. The year has gone by quickly with it’s ups and downs, but we’ve done it together. And now it ends, almost as quickly as it began as one of our Fab Five leaves us in June. I can’t quite put my finger on why this makes me so sad. We all have the common bond of arriving at the same time, struggling together, and most of all lifting each others spirits. These coveted positions in our Fab Five can never be replicated or replaced.
I’ve since revised my definition of an Expat Wife to – A special woman that endures with a smile, finds a pack, and rolls with the changes.
As I look ahead, I’m excited of who will be put in our path as our journey continues.
Cheers to Kristin! You’ll be missed my friend.