Correction: In my last post near the bottom I wrote “Receiving $234” – that should have read “Receiving $1,234”. I hope you figured it our yourselves but I thought I should mention it.
Happy? Yes I am….
First of all, I’ve got to say I like it here in David, Panama. But it seems that some of the Gringos I’ve met would rather talk to me about their perceived negatives, even if we don’t know each other, meeting in a store and such. Bummer.
I don’t associate with negative people so I politely distance myself from any I meet. It makes me wonder if they were happy wherever they came from back stateside (an old phrase we used on Guam back in the ’50’s). I’ve met some VERY happy expatriates whom I bet were pretty happy where they were in the states. Wherever You Go There You Are.
During my researching for my last few posts I’ve done a lot of reading. Some of what I read really surprised me. I’ll admit I was “Pushed” plenty but “Pulled” even more by Panama, its people, the climate, lower cost of living, and the helpful expatriate community.
Yesterday’s post quoted “… some retirees may not desire to become fully integrated into a local community.”
Wait up-Okay…, so when an American citizen complains about ethnic groups coming into his/her American town and clinging to “the old ways” it’s somehow different when a US citizen does the same thing in another country?
There are so many neat things about different people and cultures that is seem that one would be MISSING OUT BIG TIME not to experience the richness of other cultures.
On a personal note, our First Christmas in Panama was wonderful – the family up the street sent their 6-year-old daughter down 4 houses to invite us up to their place to watch the fireworks. You know, the ones you shoot off at Christmas? (Me either!) They brought out 2 chairs, gave us cups of apple juice, took photos of us and we BARELY KNOW these folks! And on Panama’s Mother’s Day they had brought us gifts of food around midnight. We were touched. None of this could have happened if we had cloistered ourselves away in a “Gringo Only” community.
What a different and wonderful Holiday Season it has been.
Yes, it’s good to be happy. Hope YOU are too!