Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Naming Convention

Intercultural relationships are not easy. I guess this is common knowledge but not for me. I've been living abroad for so long that I thought I was immune to cultural differences. I thought I can pick and choose and remain safe with this cultural nonsense but sooner or later it surely catch up to you. Recently a friend of us(my wife and I) was asking if we pick a name yet. Somehow in my reply I mentioned how hard it was to agree on names and I said we fought WWI ,WWII, and WWIII just to get there. It's just hard to believe that it was not money, religion or sex that brought on our major fight but naming. The naming convention is quite simple back home, the daddy get to name the kid or the grandparents are asked to give a name too. No fight!

You live and learn

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Fatherhood --Week 1/4

Just 4 more weeks to go and I'll become a dad. What a journey it's been so far. I've been asked a lot about how it feels like to become a dad and I'm still puzzled about the question. How is one supposed to know about an experience one has not experience yet? My wife and I wanted to have a kid and we feel blessed to be able to conceive so quickly on our first try. I'm relieved, lucky and blessed. I was not expecting it to be easy so I'm just happy for the gift. I'm excited (and if excitement is a feeling, then...Well too late now folks) and I'm looking forward to see this being that will be half me and half my wife.