Friday, January 04, 2008

Growing up in another world

Happy New Year. I spent New Years Eve with some of the ex-pat community. It was a great evening that included multi different countdowns to the new year. As I have mentioned before we live in two different time zones simultaneously so we can count down at 10pm and midnight. We also can’t watch Dick Clark’s Rocking New Years Eve Party, so we really had no set times and guessed.

We played Catch Phrase and I was struck by how much a young person’s world view can be affected by growing up on the other side of the world. Some of my favourites were: “ It is what the ground is made of” we were all guessing, things like dirt, earth, grass and such, but the answer was cement. Also “First you kill the sheep, take off the skin… then you can cook this to eat”, the answer of course was meat, but it was a really odd clue.