Cultural: Two very small things

Since I'm an American but live in Poland, sometimes big things can be different - ways of thinking, monolithic society, etc.  Sometimes, however, it's the small things that you notice.

Let's take two things today.

1. Polish people almost universally eat coffee cake with a spoon, not a fork.

 On Sunday after church, the Polish people usually take spoons to eat it with when I make a cake such as this one.

On Sunday after church, the Polish people usually take spoons to eat it with when I make a cake such as this one.

 Americans typically eat cake with a fork. It's " Libby's Pumpkin Roll" recipe , by the way. I did use my own pumpkin - I've not seen pumpkin in a can here that I can remember. I grow my own and harvest and freeze it for use in such recipes.

Americans typically eat cake with a fork. It's "Libby's Pumpkin Roll" recipe, by the way. I did use my own pumpkin - I've not seen pumpkin in a can here that I can remember. I grow my own and harvest and freeze it for use in such recipes.

2. When Polish kids first learn to count, they start with their thumb.

They use their fingers like this:

Polish children learn to count by starting with their thumb. hand model - Lydia Petersen, video by Daniel Petersen

When my kids first showed this to me, it struck me as a bit humorous.

Typically Americans start counting with their first finger - their pointer finger.

Typically American kids learn to start counting with their first finger.  Lydia Petersen - hand model, video by Daniel Petersen

And that's all.  These are surely very small things that really aren't important in the big picture of life - but different nonetheless!

I hope this short little post helps you realize that these tiny differences are what helps us all BE different. We can think differently and have different cultures, but we are still all "just people" with hearts and souls, emotions and intellect. Our differences definitely keep life interesting!

Have a great day wherever this finds you reading!



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