I was born in a small town in Poland, but was raised in a big city. My family was very traditional and I was always exposed to the same food. I remember my mom always making the Polish version of mac and cheese. As we would sit down at the table, she would fill our bowls with whatever was on the table, including her homemade kielbasa and Polish pizza.
So when I was growing up in a big city, I was often exposed to the same food as my mom, and it was hard for me to get used to the fact that this was my mother and not me. So I think about that when I talk about how hard it is for me to get used to the fact that I am the daughter of a German immigrant (in my country of origin).
It’s not hard to get used to, because I remember very well the food my grandmother made. It was a little bit different than the regular mac-and-cheese, but it was similar to it. I didn’t really have a taste for traditional mac-and-cheese. So many people in my neighborhood would eat it with gravy, or it would be the only thing on the table.
I think about that because I’m really bad at this time-tracking thing. I guess I should say I’m bad at tracking time because I don’t like to think about it. I like to stay in the moment, and I also like to pretend that I can’t see the clock or the time. For example, I’m trying to write an article about the time I spent eating lunch with my girlfriends and all the little details that happened.
As an added bonus, the Polish Government has decided to give everyone in Poland a free time-tracking device. We’ll be able to watch everybody’s lunch break to see when they were last on the clock. It’ll be great for making sure we don’t miss a meeting, or, like my neighbor’s girlfriend, because she doesn’t actually have any appointments.
The time that my girlfriend and I spent in Poland was so great because it was so free (though I do have a few regrets). We ate lunch with a bunch of people, went to a music festival, and got to see the world through a completely new perspective. We had a blast. We still have a lot to do with the Polish Government though. It seems like the last thing they need is an influx of tourists.
My bad. I meant to say we didnt miss a meeting…
We have a good idea how to get out of the country…
The last time we visited Poland, it was hard for us to think about life without it. For many of you reading this, you are like the world’s greatest living soul, but you are also the world’s greatest living soul. You have been in a different place with different people, you have been in a different place with different experiences, and you also have been in a different place with different people…You have been in a different place and you feel that you are in the same place.
Now you are not alone. A lot of you are in Poland. You have lived in other places, other times, and you have lived in other places and have lived in other places and have lived in other places…and you are still alive and you are still here.