When I look back at my history of blogging, I noticed that I have written a lot about leaving, or saying good-bye. I’ve written about the importance of saying it; helping our kids through it; and how it just plain stinks. I’ve also written about the importance of sharing our past with our kids and taking them back to the places where we once said good-bye. And although, these posts may be helpful – possibly even inspiring – I have found something to be even more powerful. Story.
Stories are powerful tools that can speak from the heart of the writer to the heart of the reader. We connect in the story as we see that our own story is sometimes quite similar, yet different. We feel the pain of saying good-bye; or the relief of the hard-to-deal-with drama; or the difficult times of trying to balance our own emotions while trying to comfort our children in their time of uncertainty. We learn from the hardships of moving valuable lessons about life and living in this nomadic life, called expatriating.
And being that time of year, when so many of you are probably looking at your homes and trying figure out what to save, sale, or throw away, I thought maybe you’d like to read about others who have gone before you. Real people who have packed up all their belongings and moved away from dear and precious friends – and possibly first friendships of your children.
Or maybe you need to share your own story….
So, I’m asking you to share your leaving stories. It can really be anything – from the hardest move to the easiest move. It could be about your most memorable move or a tip on how you helped your kids move. It can be moving for the first time to repatriating back to your passport country. It could be from a parent’s perspective or from your childhood (TCKs welcome, so much to learn from you all as well!). I’m hoping to get my husband to write out a guest post here for this as well.
You write it and I’ll post it! I’ll be posting them every Thursday for as long as I get submissions. I’ll start the first story next Thursday, April 16th. So here are the details.
- Email me your story at mdmaurer135(at)gmail(dot)com (please use a doc formatting)
- At the bottom of your story include a brief bio. Here is where you can share your blog site, books you’ve written, etc.
- Please also email me 2-3 pictures to go along with the story; one being a headshot to go with your brief bio.
Okay, so there you have it. So now write those stories. I really want to hear from you all.
Please also consider sharing this with your other friends you have that would be interested in writing a guest post. ~Thanks!
Do you include published posts as I’ve just put one up today about how we told the children we were moving 🙂
I think that would be fine. Or if you’d like to write something else and add a sentence about this post to link to that would be fine. Either is fine…just email me whichever and I’ll make it happen.
Thanks for wanting to submit!
Cool – will have a think 🙂
Reblogged this on and commented:
Here’s a nice chance to add to a series about expat children and saying goodbye. I’ve just written a post about telling the children we’re moving; I now intend to have a think about what I can write for this series. Possibly from my own childhood….if I can think back that far 😉
Thanks so much! I’m excited to read all the stories from everyone.
I’ve just re-blogged this on my own blog as it’s a nice idea.
How about re-entry to a country not your own passport country?
It’s more about the leaving side of it…I hope to do an “Arrival” series in the fall, so I think it would fit better there. Could you write about how you left and prepared for the new place? That would work. Send me an email and we can discuss it more. I’d love to have you guest write.
Absolutely! I will be away for a few days but hope to email soon.Regards, Kathleen
Hi MaDonna! I’m working on something to send to you for this series! 🙂
Super! Can’t wait!
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