Who are you guys in Russia reading my blog?? And how am I so honored to have your audience?! This is wonderful–it makes me feel incredibly cool and very “global”. In general, I am a HUGE fan of anything you can do to make yourself seem/feel more exotic. This is a tremendous self-esteem booster, which is always a good thing in my book. You may ask, how does this very WASP-y, suburban SAHM achieve such a high level of international intrigue? Here a few tricks that have worked well. Drop lines such as “my friend in England” as often as possible. This works whether you actually have a friend across the pond or not. In my case, I really do (I know, I know, do not be intimidated by my coolness…), but how would anyone ever know the difference?? If you happen to have anything in your home that came from another country, over-use and over-introduce this item as much as possible (i.e.”Have you seen my INDONESIAN earrings? My friend sent them to me from INDONESIA”). This may not work as well with cheap plastic children’s toys with “Made in China” stamped on the bottom, but hey, give it a try. I would give you points just for effort. Lastly, my favorite technique is actually insisting that you yourself are from another country. Do this relentlessly, to the point of completely annoying those around you. I like to think that my husband secretly thinks it’s funny that I insist upon being French, but I’m pretty sure he’s just flat-out annoyed. Oh well–it helps keep our relationship interesting. This all started when reading over my family history at a family reunion years ago and discovering that a great-great-great (or to some degree of greatness there-abouts) grandfather died by tripping and falling over a German border into a French river when he was drunk. How does one integrate such a scandalous tidbit into her family heritage? Wear it like a badge of honor, I say. I’m not entirely sure how all the connections line up in a logical mind, but after learning this, I decided that I was indeed French, as I had always suspected b/c I really like fancy cheeses and wine.
And above all, if you discover that you have a group of people in a far-off land reading your blog, shamelessly draw attention to it and give them a big shout out THANK YOU! 🙂