What I learned from Poland.
I learned a lot. I learned about solidarity and what it means to belong to a group of people who know who they are and where they come from. They all speak the same language and worship the same God. They all eat the same foods and drink the same drinks. They like the seaside and love the mountains. They are romantic and philosophical. They know history and are well read. I told my students here in the US that once you are at university, you must prove to your professor that you are well read, not well surfed. They did not get the joke. I learned how to share in Poland; what is mine is theirs... we are all Polish. Nothing gets lost in Poland only misplaced in Poland. So, why worry if something of yours is at someone else's or somewhere else in Poland. It did not really go anywhere.
I learned how to manage a household and family and to love to cook for my family and friends. I learned what friendship means and that it does not go away or change and that having friends over is the best way to spend an evening or weekend. I learned that Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus and that is good. Here is the US women want to be men. I experienced their educational system where teachers rule and professors are never evaluated by underlings. I walked its grassy meadows in Wisla and drank the clean cold water of the Czarna Hancza. I miss Poland, and I pray that God takes care of His Playground.