We talk a lot about things that we miss from home when we are overseas. But today I’m going to talk about the things I DON’T miss from my life in America. This is a video of my son snow-blowing my parent’s drive way. Obviously this is fun because he never does this in Costa Rica, but if he had to do this all the time, it would lose its charm, I’m sure.
We got to go home for a few weeks at Christmas time to attend a Missions Convention and spend time with family. One of the first things my big, 16-year old son did when we arrived at Grandma’s house was to stretch out on the carpet and roll around like a dog. We have no carpeting in our Costa Rican house. If we did, it would mold. So it’s fun to walk around barefoot on the carpeting when we get home. What I didn’t miss was the static electricity that it produced on our clothing and hair. My skin immediately dried to scales and cracked along my finger tips. We all developed crusty noses and dry coughs from the sudden lack of humidity we experienced from December in Minnesota. I don’t miss dry skin!
We no longer have the appropriate clothing for winter in Minnesota. The kids keep growing, so every time we come home, we have to ask the other family members to save hand-me-down jackets and boots to get us through a couple of weeks. We used to have a Rubber Maid bucket stored at my in-law’s house full of all our winter coats, snow pants, mittens, scarves, boots, etc, but it disappeared mysteriously. No one knows where it went. This past Christmas, one sister-in-law had been saving a box of clothes for us until she discovered that the cat had been using the box as his litter box. Thankfully she just threw the whole lot away. So we don’t have winter gear. I really don’t miss all the bundling up that is required to survive winter. Nope, don’t miss that at all.
And along those same lines, let me just say that those people who say they could never live without the 4 seasons don’t know what they’re talking about. I used to say that too, but now I officially HATE winter. It’s wicked. Give me a tropical Christmas any day. I don’t miss the snow and the cold. Last year I had people send me pictures of snow via Facebook. That was enough for me.
Finally, my last thing that I DON’T miss is paying full price to go to the movies. I know it’s kind of random, but let me tell you that we pay about $5 to go to the movies here in Costa Rica. Now, let’s qualify that. Some movies come out late and some don’t come at all, but we get the block busters. All children’s movies are in Spanish with no subtitles. I feel stupid when all the children around me are laughing and I’m thinking, “What did I miss? What’s so funny?” Sometimes we DO go to movies in Spanish, but they just aren’t the same. For example, Horton Hears a Who just didn’t work in Spanish. Dr. Seuss doesn’t translate well. And we saw some Angelina Jolie movie where the dialogue was in a Pakistani language with English subtitles. Then they put Spanish subtitles below the English ones! I left that movie with a headache. Once I watched Madame Butterfly with Spanish subtitles- English actors, playing Japanese characters, singing in Italian, with Spanish subtitles. I felt so cultured after that.
But our movie-going experience here in Costa Rica is still far better than in the States because we have something that not many of you have up there… the V.I.P. theater. If we pay a little more, we can watch a block buster movie in the comfort of our own leather recliner! A waiter comes to take your order while the previews are playing. You can order anything from sushi to fancy coffee drinks to hot dogs and popcorn. Your food is delivered to your recliner in style! And it’s still cheeper than going to the movies back home! I can’t figure out why this idea hasn’t caught on in the States. So I have to say, I don’t miss over priced, over crowded theaters.
I guess some of us are just luckier than others. :)