The Fenn/Walker reunion
So great to see my co-author Heidi Walker and her family who were visiting the UK on holiday. I’ve known Heidi since college, we graduated together from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College (now Randolph-College) in 1994 but it wasn’t until we wrote our book together in 2013 that I realized just how much we have in common.
We both come from families with adopted children, both studied abroad during our junior year, we were both dormitory RAs, both worked as waitresses, both moved abroad after college graduation, both married British husbands, both have three children (and both have two boys and one girl too!) and had all of them in the UK, and we both started up our own businesses after becoming mothers.
Heidi is now living in North Carolina USA with her family after spending two years in Beijing and fifteen years in London. We wrote our book Inspiring Global Entrepreneurs together over Skype and email while living in different time zones and while Heidi was undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
Our much anticipated reunion took place in Worthing, West Sussex UK with Heidi and her family stopping by on their way back from Europe where they visited France, Luxembourg and Brussels and on their way to the North West of England where Heidi’s husband is from.
I was fascinated to know if the Walker children retained their British accents and how American they’ve become after two years in American schools!
Turns out they are pretty American! These were my clues:
- None of them knew how to open our front door and were very confused by the lack of door handle.
- They all have American accents
- They all sound very American not only in their accents but also through their use of language
- They called football soccer (some initial confusion on my kids’ faces)
- They wanted to go and play outside within our neighborhood community with the other kids (what other kids?) – with whomever might be hanging around playing outside.
- While playing outside, they joined up with kids they’d never met before and played soccer together
- They asked their mother for Starbucks for the journey (love that!)
It was such a fun time and, by the way, Heidi’s husband has retained his British accent 🙂 we cannot wait to meet up again, where ever and when ever that might be. Until then, we’ll continue to make do with our international Skype calls!
Meghan Peterson Fenn is the author of Bringing Up Brits and co-author of Inspiring Global Entrepreneurs with Heidi Mulligan Walker. Meghan is also the Director and Chief Designer at her own design company, White Ochre Design Ltd. And, she is an award winning expat blogger.