- 4 years ago
- Wedding: July 2012
I am very proud to come from a family that has married into different cultures. My uncle, who unfortunately died before I was able to meet him, met and married a wonderful Japanese woman, who too is no longer with us sadly. They had one son, who is my godfather and a wonderful guy, and had a part of his wedding that was traditionally Japanese. It was super interesting to attend a ceremony based on that.
I am also blessed with possibly the best uncle. My aunt met him in Greece while over there for a world tour. They were pen pals for a few months and decided to get married because he wanted to work in the states. Probably not the best reason to get married, but they have been married for over 35 years and have weathered many, many difficult storms. I am happy to have a Greek family member, even if at first they didn’t marry out of love.
It is amazing the cultural difference and how it has taught me to be more accpeting of those from a different culture. He has a very different sense of humor than an American would, and most Americans wouldn’t find him remotely funny or entertaining because they don’t understand, but I have to say I think he is almost more American than some Americans, which is actually not hard to believe. He doesn’t take for granted what some do.
He just went back over to Greece to visit his mother, brother, SIL, and nephew and neice (and her kids). He said he planned on having his nephew send me photos, specifically of all the good food they were going to eat, but I had waited weeks and nothing.He is coming back on the 1st.
FINALLY today I get an e-mail from my uncle’s nephew (I could probably say his name because it is a very common Greek name, but I will refrain so try to follow me lol). I opened the e-mail to find two pictures of him (a few of family as well) and 3 of him with a bunch of girls; one where his is posing in front of them at the beach another on the street and one again on the beach (or in a bed I am not sure) with 4 other girls (in very scantily clad bikinis) looking like a very big player. He also signed the e-mail with “Miss you lots and many kisses.”
Most men would look at this e-mail and be like, “Why is a guy sending you pics of himself and a bunch of girls at the beach? And why the eff is he saying he misses you and sends kisses?!” DH rather, because he has been a part of this family long enough now, understands and had to just laugh. He said when he was single he would NEVER send someone photos like that, married or single or say “many kisses.” Even though I laughed off the pics and found them cute, it IS still kind of an awkward thing to receive from someone you barely know, lol.
I’m wondering if this is another cultural thing or if my uncle’s nephew wants to put himself out there as kind of a “playboy.” I know he isn’t dating anyone, according to my uncle, and I found it funny and weird at the same time, as a pregnant married chick, to get photos like this. Even if I wasn’t pregnant or married it probably would have been I think.
And here I thought my uncle was going to have him send pictures of FOOD like he said he was going to!!! His nephew did make a point to rub it in that they were going to eat souvlaki. I’m sure if I could have reached through the screen to strangle him, I would have. Souvlaki = *mouth drooling* Oh well. I will enjoy my shitty American potroast for dinner, lol.
[Edit] Now that I have typed this I really don’t see why I did. Guess I just thought I’d share, lol. 🙂