Your nationality might be easier to pin down than is Maria’s. Born to a spicy combination of Peruvian and Mexican parents, educated in the U.S., married to a Frenchman and raising young (trilingual) children in the swoon-worthy countryside west of Paris, Maria Olivares Babin is a real global mom. An expert on mingling cultures and nurturing a family while straddling linguistic and geographic borders, she also keeps on top of a blog that is as lively, lovely and photogenic as is her family.
How does someone planted in Normandy, France stumble across another writer-mother-nomad living near the banks of Lake Geneva, Switzerland? You can guess it was not on a morning stroll. The story’s a bit more involved than that.
The story is bitter-sweet, too, and I won’t share it all here because for today, I want to focus on the kind of happiness and deliberate joy Maria radiates, as you’ll soon discover, right off the computer screen. But I’ll reveal this: a few weeks after we lost our oldest son to a tragic drowning accident, my husband and I were invited to speak at a large conference in Versailles, France. Maria and her family, recently installed in their French life, happened to be in attendance.
Years passed, and our family moved, as we tend to do – Munich, Singapore, Geneva – while Maria and her Babins dug into that legendarily mulchy soil that grows France’s best apples and produces that country’s richest dairy products. The parents (or was it the fertile soil?) continued to expand their family. Along these two divergent routes of two global mothers, I continued to hear stories of the Babins. I asked always for updates, marveling at Maria’s graceful mastery at integration.
Should I admit? I was fascinated – FAscinated! – by this exotic yet grounded woman, whose rich background complemented her quiet gumption. She was the Whole Multicultural Shabang.
Emphasis on the Bang.
Now you can read her voice.
Enjoy this generous review of Global Mom, written by another global mom.
I’m sure you’ll understand why it’s such an honor for me to merit her time and reflection. Just thanks, Maria.