Pub’d on The Wall Street Journal: “Mom, If Only You Could Have Known the Expat I’ve Become”

WSJ_JEikenburg_MomThe Wall Street Journal just published my article titled “Mom, If Only You Could Have Known the Expat I’ve Become” (which was inspired by a blog post I ran earlier this year to coincide with Mother’s Day) on their Expat Blog.

Here’s an excerpt from the piece:

My heart aches as I stare down at my old Dr. Seuss Cat-in-the-Hat doll, now covered in splotches of mold. I chastise myself for burying it in the closet: How had I forgotten about the ferocious humidity of Hangzhou, the Chinese city I once called my home and whose climate ultimately claimed this most precious of childhood relics from my late mother. She never imagined this doll would follow me to China.

I was only 17 years old when she died of cancer. At the time, there was nothing to suggest I would end up in China, though China would eventually become a part of me, giving me a home, a career, and a husband.

Read the full article at The Wall Street Journal. And as always, if you love it, share it!

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9 thoughts on “Pub’d on The Wall Street Journal: “Mom, If Only You Could Have Known the Expat I’ve Become”

  • September 28, 2015 at 3:01 pm
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    Great article Jocelyn, and awesome that you are featured on the WSJ! Kudos to you. 🙂

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  • September 29, 2015 at 7:54 am
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    Wow! I loved your writing style. I felt like shedding a tear or two when I was reading your article about your late mother. All the best to you.

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  • September 29, 2015 at 10:00 am
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    I liked the article for the “Throwback Thursday” style photo found inside! 😉 I love looking at old childhood photos, comparing the kid self with the adult self.

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    • September 29, 2015 at 8:14 pm
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      Ha ha, yeah, it is kind of Throwback Thursday, isn’t it? The picture is a fun one for sure. Brings back memories for me. 🙂

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  • September 30, 2015 at 11:59 am
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    Well done, Jocelyn! (Also, sniff, sniff. You need the hanky warning.)

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  • October 10, 2015 at 6:27 pm
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    Congratulations again!

    Powerful, thanks for sharing…

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