Rewind: upside down

Rewind: upside down

Sometimes we need to turn things on their heads. Look at them from a different angle. Sometimes the best times are the ones we don’t expect, that we don’t force. Sometimes things are as simple as we allow them to be. Sometimes the best view is the one seen from upside down.

I was looking for photos yesterday for the Alphabet Photography Project when I found this image (I used an Umbrella shot in the end, the pedant in me needed it to be single word!).

It immediately took me back to the afternoon it was taken.

But, more than that, it got me thinking of how far we’ve come.

How much has changed in the last three years. How much my perspective has changed.

Really, it’s just a fun shot of my daughter being held upside down, squealing again, again! But, as I continue to wade through all the changes that this move has brought, and continues to bring, I look at the kids and see how accepting they are.

How unquestioning they are of new events, new traditions, new activities.

How not everything we do is an expat adventure; that there isn’t always a comparison to be made, an alternative to be waxed lyrical about.

That I have a tendency to over think and over complicate. That my children see what’s in front of them.

That all this may be my new normal, but all this is just my kids’ normal.

This life is just our life, whether upside down or the right way up.

[This particular photograph was taken the day we made scarecrows with our neighbours. Yes, that’s right, scarecrows :) It was the first time we’d been included in a gathering with our new neighbours, so it holds a certain amount of significance. An unexpected, and unexpectedly fun, afternoon!]

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I’m also sharing this post up with the lovely Chantelle from Seychelles Mama, for her Expat Family linky. When we moved to the US three years ago my children were six, three and four months. The term ‘expat’ doesn’t mean much to them. And, for the wee girl; life here is all she knows. Realising this has given me pause; our home, their nationality, is important; but where we are now is their reality. I need to be mindful of that.

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45 thoughts on “Rewind: upside down”

  1. Love this photo hon. Wow the wee girl is growing up fast!! Really agree with you that turning thoughts on their heads can be the best thing to get ideas flowing. Funnily enough I was talking with a friend just yesterday about things becoming the new normal :)

    1. Thank you. I think I sometimes get far too hung up on my ‘view’ and I need to take a step back x

  2. Ah so lovely, your life has changed in every way which must have been so daunting but a little exciting too, I must say I would make the move if Hubby needed to move for work, I love an adventure x

  3. What a great picture and a thoughtful reflection on it. I overthink things a bit too. It would be great to be a child again for the day and remember what it is to be carefree #MyCapturedMoment

  4. That’s such a lovely picture! It’s always hard to move and adapt to a new culture. I moved to Britain from Sweden 9 years ago and I still find cultural differences. I wasn’t really bothered about my Swedish heritage until I had my daughter. Now I try to keep up old traditions and I’m making sure she grows up bilingual. The great thing about moving countries as a child (I moved around as a kid) is you get the best of both worlds. They’ll thank you for it when they’re older x #mycapturedmoment

  5. That is such a lovely picture Sara! I think as mums most of us overthink things and we always worry about the effect our decisions will make on our children and yet, yes mostly they do just get on with it. You are on such an exciting adventure and your children always look so happy in photos! You are clearly doing a fab job xx

  6. Children are trusting little souls and you have obviously brought them up to feel secure and so very loved. Well done you. Gorgeous photo! x

  7. Lucas says – Yep!!! I like things being turned upside down as well (you probably guessed that!) and this is an AWESOME photo…. :) #mycapturedmoment

  8. Beautiful shot and a lovely post. The thing is, your children know no different, this is their ‘normal’ and they always look so happy. Enjoy your adventure and don’t over think things. My girls love being tipped upside down too. Thank you so much for linking up to #MyCapturedMoment xxx

  9. Megan - Truly Madly Kids

    That is a fab capture – look at her face! I also love that this picture tells such a wonderful story. Thank you so much for linking up to #iotw

  10. This is lovely. So nice to take a reflection on things from time to time. I think you are so right about how our lives especially as expats are often overanalysed (is it the mum in us that does that!?).
    I have never really thought of it but what you said is true, what’s new for us is just how it is for them. I don’t know if I can even call Arthur an expat….I mean he has a British passport but he was born here and knows no different. He spent a grand total of 5 weeks of his life in the UK but yet by law he’s British!?
    This has made me feel very reflective and inspired Sara, I really enjoyed reading this and as always thank you so much for joining in with #myexpatfamily xx

    1. Ah, thank you Chantelle, it is an interesting one isn’t it? I think it’s a case of trying to strike a balance between the two worlds for them x

  11. Loved this post – it really resonated with me. You are so right, it’s always so easy to over analyse – I know I do it myself sometimes (not sure if that’s because I’m an expat, or just because I’m a mummy!) But you are right, for our kids, this is their normal and we have to remember that. I have had times where I have worked about our little one not doing this, or having that, or seeing this person. But then I remember, he was born here, this is his normal. And most importantly – he is happy and he is living life to the full. So I must keep reminding myself to follow his example! x

    1. Yes, I wonder how much of the over analysing is to do with being a parent! And, yes, following our children’s lead can be a good thing at times x

  12. Yup, so true. For me, not everything is an expat adventure. I’m so much a part of my home away from home. And for my children, this is where they were born, this is their home and their culture. I guess the great thing for them is that they have me to introduce a whole new world, a whole new perspective into their lives. I see that as such a positive for them! #myexpatfamily

    1. Exactly, every so often something jumps out at you, but a lot of your day is just normal life. But, I agree that having two cultures and perspective is a hugely positive thing for the kids, and I’m so glad that they are getting that experience x

  13. This is so poignant for me right now. My little boy was born in Italy so of course that is all he knows and the term “expat” has little relevance to him. However, we’re about to move to Sweden and I am so painfully aware that he is about to find out the significance of it. Especially the hard bits: the initial disorientation, the language barrier, the homesickness. You are right though – children do just see what is in front of them and for all I know he will simply see it as a new adventure, new friends to be made, new things to experience. Maybe I’m just over-complicating too and projecting my own fears onto to him.

    1. My younger son was three when we moved to the US and after the initial change, he settled amazingly quickly. My older son took a little longer, as he was six and more aware of it all. Children are amazingly resiliant, more so than we are!

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