She was born in Austria. When she was 5 weeks old, we went back to Bejing where we relocated 6 months before her birth.
By the time she was 14 months she spent three quarters of her life in China, South Korea and Thailand.
She is 18 months old now and we live in Germany. She loves rice and tofu. She wants us to read her Korean books and play her CDs with Korean music every day. She says « méi yǒu » in Chinese (which means "hasn’t, doesn’t exist"). She likes Thai spicy food.
What amazes me most is the way she interacts with every person with Asian traits she meets. She immediately connects, waves and says « hi ! » (in English).
I keep asking myself: does she remember? I’m sure she does. Will she always remember it? I think she will always carry Asia in her soul. It’s not just about her memories who will probably be very diffuse or subconscious, it’s more about the moments she lived there and her experiences that built her personality and who she is today.
“The things he sees are not just remembered; they form a part of his soul.” - Maria Montessori
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Je suis très heureuse de reprendre ma série d’interviews Mothers’ Voices que j’ai démarée en 2015 et ravie d’avoir Charlotte de Hello, Maman comme première invitée après une si longue pause.
J’ai rencontré Charlotte sur Instagram et nous nous suivons réciproquement depuis un moment. J’aime beaucoup la sérénité avec laquelle Charlotte organise sa vie enfin de pouvoir instruire en famille son petit garçon et continuer son travail d’orthophoniste qui l’amène à dispenser des formations dans toute la France. Dans cette interview, nous parlons de comment ell arrive à gérer “homeschooling” et “vie nomade”, comment l’instruction en famille fonctionne en France, les sources d’inspiration de Charlotte, comment elle prend soin d’elle en tant que maman et plein d’autres sujets.