Carrying a heavy bucket of water on my head
I know my Zimbabwean culture well enough but because I did lose my parents at a young age I cannot say i have managed to learn everthing because almost half of my lifestyle has become European too. So that makes me open up to the new cultures around me.
Visiting a sauna for me is just as part of living as visiting the Gym. Which is maybe going for Braai in Africa. I live with the people who live with me with respect and when I visit my home country, I realize that they are all moving on and I am moving behind, at the same time moving forward where I live now. Its sometimes confusing and its better to immediately fit in.
What I have realized recently was that whenever I do shopping especially groceries, I tend to carry my own baby at my back and put the heavy groceries on my head. Its just so easy and less heavy. I manage this way to practice my culture in Europe. Ofcourse people look at me surprised, amused and some ask why I do this. That is mostly what I find fun.
Melissa was now living in the Netherlands, far away from home and her extended family. Perhaps it was the distance or the time away from her roots that led her down a path to reconciling her traditionally African approach to child rearing with the new modern European scientifically tested advice she was consistently receiving. In doing so she began to craft out a unique path for herself and her growing family.