I’ve just read a novel called The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa and it got me thinking back to our life in South Africa, the place we called home for over 6 years.
The German Girl is a novel, based on a true story, about the plight of German Jews during WW11, and in a sweeping tragic undercurrent it also encapsulates the joys and sorrows of exiles worldwide seeking a place to call home.
While I might not be a refugee, and definitely lay no claim to tragic hardship, the book made me think about our daily life in South Africa and about expats and exiles.
Up-rootment and not a gin and tonic in sight
We were expats who moved because of changed circumstances. We weren’t forcibly moved due to gun toting political instability in our backyard or war, but we did begin a new life in a new country, and moving and leaving was hard.
The idea of being an expat comes with a serrated edge. The notion of gin and tonics at sunset along with outdated imperialism and colonialism follow the notion of the expat, though most of all the word implies being some sort of an up-rootment, and being geographically removed from one’s roots.
And it’s not always the peaches and cream existence that cartoonists capture in pencil, because geographical freedom comes at a price.
Leaving a country of domicile is always hard, emotionally and psychologically.
Have you had to leave a place you loved hard?
If you are on the verge of departing, or have left your country of domicile, I hope that you take solace from the basic idea that life might, and often can be better when the umbilical strings have been cut, and your new life has begun ‘on the other side’.
They say that you miss your life much more fiercely when you are still living it, than when you’ve moved on, and this much I know is true.
Have you ever had to leave a country or a place you’ve loved really hard?
Where was it? How did you feel?
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