Cultural Differences

Pleasant Hill MO

When Joshua was playing at the sandbox he was sharing his sand toys with another little French boy and they were both building roads for their pretend trucks to drive on. They were very intent on building the best sand box road France has ever seen.

Joshua had very straight roads that ran parallel and perpendicular to one another, while the French boy’s roads did not go straight and all the intersections were roundabouts (autour in French). I know that there are some roundabouts in the U.S. but from a 6 year olds perspective when he looked at maps the roads went straight. I think both boys were a little perplexed as to why they were doing it differently but they still were able to accept their differences and play together.

I really don’t want to admit it but there have been many times when I looked at how the French required something to be done and thought, that seems like I’m going in circles when I could just go straight this way and be done.  Just because something is different does not make it bad or wrong, it’s just different. I’m thankful that Joshua did not let his differences frustrate him. This is a lesson I still am learning every day.

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2 Responses to Cultural Differences

  1. 5kidswdisabilities says:

    That is so interesting….how perspective on life differs by nationality!
    Lindsey Petersen

  2. Pop-Pop says:

    Indeed – a difficult lesson to learn. And yet, God made us differently in order that our lives might be enriched. Kudos to Joshua for accepting the little boys differences. And to the little boy for accepting Joshua.

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