“The Significance of the Coat of Arms” : Preserving our Heritage

When I first moved to Bulgaria in 2016, I was in deep sorrow and dealing with all sorts of grief. I had recently lost my mother from aggressive lung cancer, I had left my job to take care of her during the last months of her life and on top of that I had to leave my recently widowed dad and relocate to another country. What hurt me the most was that I had to take my daughters out of the Greek school and enroll them in a new international English speaking school, while watching them leave their friends behind with the hope that they will start speaking, and thinking in a new language, and make new friends. You can imagine how many tantrums I had to deal with, including mine.

Patience became my best friend, reminding me every single moment that at some point things would get better. This time my suitcases didn’t have much to carry, mostly warm clothes, guilt and fear for the new life I was about to begin. One day, at a moment of complete despair, self-torturing and questioning on whether I had made the right decision, I went to see the school’s counselor who happened to give me the best tip in the form of a simple question.

“Do you have a coat of arms?”

 

Anxiety stricken- I had to go back to my literature books in order to understand what she meant.
Of course her question was far too metaphorical for me to think clearly at that point.
“Maria, one day you will go back to these memories and realize that it was all worth it. Just create your own coat of arms to remind you it was a good decision.”
Heading back home I started wondering what would be the right coat of arms that would embrace our family’s decision and symbolize our expat journey that had just begun. So, I decided to open an instagram account where I would record every single moment of our journey so I could one day go back and remind myself that it was all worth it. Today, I can admit it’s been the most colorful journey!

 

Some examples to create your own Coat of Arms

 

  • An INSTAGRAM account with photos and videos from your expat life.
  • A journal where you can write about your experience as an expat.
  • Your own little blog – there are plenty of free versions online that can help you start your own journey of memory writing.
  • A collection of little souvenirs each of them reminding you of the very special day and reason you got them.
  • If you are not a social media fan, you can always create a photo collage or photo book with your special moments .
  • If you love cooking you can make your own cookbook with traditional recipes of the country or countries you lived in accompanied by little short stories that always come with the recipes.

Our family loves the symbol of heart.It represents our motto which is “home is where our heart is”. Over the years, it has become our coat of arms. During Covid my youngest daughter and I started painting hearts.It was a way of reconnecting with our centers.We love taking photos of hearts, each of them symbolizing special moments of our life abroad and back home.

There are plenty of ways to create your own coat of arms.Remember life is a collection of memories, just make sure you make plenty.

 

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