Being a part of a multi-racial, international family isn't easy especially when you throw in living in a foreign country. Being parents we've had to make the decisions about which traditions to impart on our kids.
We would love for them to embrace all traditions, Romanian, American and Mexican but that's not possible. Then there are the French traditions, which although are not part of mine and Cornel's culture - they are a part of Nathan's. The past two years we have been traveling blindly trying to determine what traditions are worth exposing Nathan to and which ones aren't important.
I have to admit that Cornel has been an amazing person and has let me take charge of most holidays (and making them more American). He knows how important they are too me, and while I know that Easter is about more than a bunny and Christmas is much more than Santa - he has more than willingly accepted this and has let us pass this on to Nathan.
But even with all of the compromises that we make, there are always those seasons which are harder; harder for me than for Nathan or even Cornel. Fall is one of those seasons. I see all of these amazing pictures of people with their kids at pumpkin patches and apple farms - but we don't have that choice. I would love Nathan to do "fall activities" to enjoy the season, but it isn't an option for us.
Then there are all of the Halloween posts and costume pictures. Again, another American holiday which isn't celebrated here. I don't have any cute pictures of Nathan in a costume, no trick or treat stories to tell. This year, however, we are bringing the American holiday across the ocean and throwing our own party; because every child needs a day to play dress up and eat candy.
There will be no official Thanksgivings, no fourth of july barbecues - but there will always be family and there will always be love. And those are some of the best traditions we can impart on our sons.