Live and Invest Overseas
Colonial Christmas

Dec. 24, 2008
Monte Carlo, Monaco

PLUS:
  • Christmas Eve In Nicaragua...
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Dear Overseas Opportunity Letter Reader,

A few nights before we departed Panama for France, we traveled to Casco Viejo for Jackson's Christmas "spectacle."

Jack attends the French school in Panama City, and, to the French, "spectacle" doesn't mean quite what it means in English. For the French, and for Jackson's schoolmates, it was a show of celebration.

L'Ecole Paul Gauguin is a small school, with 100 students in total, many, surprising to me at first, Panamanian. Why would a Panamanian family, living in Panama City, choose to send their children to a French-language, French-curriculum school? I still don't know the answer to that question, but the result, for us, is charming.

On stage that evening in the 300-year-old Teatro Anita Villalaz in the center of the Plaza de Francia was as eclectic a collection of small children as you might ever find. They come from Panama, but also from France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Britain, and Ireland...the United States, China, and Japan...

Some have names I can't pronounce even after Jackson repeats them for me three or four times. Finally, embarrassed for me, he gives up and suggests that, if I have something to say to that particular child, he'd be happy to relay the message for me.

Some have lived in three or four other countries already, though they've only barely begun their little lives.

Some speak Spanish and French; others speak English, Italian, and, in one case, Japanese. They manage to communicate among themselves cheerfully and with much less misunderstanding than you might expect.

Over the hour-and-a-half of the evening's spectacle, they performed Christmas songs in Spanish, French, and English, including some we recognized and many we didn't.

"Children in Palestine and children in Israel...children from the Americas and also from China, this day, let us think only of Christmas," began one song in French.

At Jackson's birthday party last month, I had a chance to speak with some of his classmates' moms. Some have husbands working with the UN and other international organizations, posted here for a year or two. Others are here for work related to various infrastructure projects, the Panama Canal expansion, etc. They and their children have migrated to Panama from Mexico City or Caracas, Buenos Aires or Santiago...

Lief and I worry sometimes about the life Jackson is living. Born in Ireland, he's since lived in Paris...and now Panama City. He's an American by birth, but Irish, too...and neither description really fits. He has friends in a dozen cities around the world who he sees rarely and family ties in Baltimore, Maryland, which he visits but once a year.

Jackson is a little guy without a country but embracing the world. And, at the French school in Panama City, he's found 99 other little guys (and girls) just like him who, one evening last week in an old French colonial theater, filled the tropical night with song.

Kathleen Peddicord

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TODAY:

"Today, Christmas Eve (La Nochebuena), starting about 7 p.m.," writes friend Tuey Murdock living in Managua, "there is a Posada Mayor in every town throughout Nicaragua. Children dress up as Mary and Joseph and recreate the nativity scene with live animals. The pilgrimage ends in a church, where, at 10 p.m., Mass is said, and the baby is placed in the crib. Then all go home for a midnight  feast of food and presents and visiting from house to house for many hours, sometimes until dawn, all accompanied by fireworks, firecrackers, and noise makers..."

MAILBAG:

"Some years ago, I accidentally found a way to eliminate the jet-lag problem flying from the U.S. to Europe.

"I took a morning flight from Newark airport to London on Continental Airlines, arriving at about 9:30 p.m.

"By the time I cleared customs and arrived at a hotel near the airport, it was close to 11 o'clock. I went to sleep, and the next morning, when I awoke, I experienced no jet lag and was ready to begin my day filled with energy.

"To this day, I try to schedule a daylight flight to London and begin the rest of my European trip the next day."

-- Dan, United States

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