I want to talk about a cultural bump related to my son’s birthday party. When Lucas, my youngest son, was about to complete one year old, we were living here in Katy. In Brazil, we usually make a big party to celebrate the first year of birth. Thus, we decided to do it for him. I made invitations for my neighbors because at that time, we had no friends and our family members were living in different countries. It is hilarious to say that I knocked on my neighbors’ front doors, with my two sons, trying to give them Lucas’ invitation; however, there were no answers, only one of them came to open the door, and said “What can I do for you?” I felt embarrassed. It was a shame! I wanted to crawl into a big hole orĀ  to have the ability to be invisible. Fortunately, after this first shocking dialogue, he recognized us and I gave him the invitation. Another thing I noticed was that many of my neighbors were at home, but they didn’t come to open the door. I expected them to answer because in my home country it is an offense to not answer the door. Nevertheless, having a better comprehension about the American culture, I’ve learned that Americans send their invitations by mail or e-mail. In addition, they strongly value individualism and privacy; therefore, they don’t feel obligated to open the door if they don’t want to do it. Indeed, they have the right to act that way.

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